• WordNet 3.6
    • n idealism elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
    • n idealism impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
    • n idealism (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first company to mass produce teddy bears was the Ideal Toy Company
    • Idealism a belief in the feasibility of the implementation of ideal principles and noble goals, and the practice or habit of pursuing such goals; -- opposed to realism and cynicism.
    • Idealism Conception of the ideal; imagery.
    • Idealism The practice or habit of giving or attributing ideal form or character to things; treatment of things in art or literature according to ideal standards or patterns; -- opposed to realism.
    • Idealism The quality or state of being ideal.
    • Idealism (Philos) The system or theory that denies the existence of material bodies, and teaches that we have no rational grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas and their relations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idealism The metaphysical doctrine that the real is of the nature of thought; the doctrine that all reality is in its nature psychical.
    • n idealism Pursuit of the ideal; the act or practice of idealizing; especially, imaginative treatment of subjects; a striving after ideal beauty, truth, justice, etc.
    • n idealism In art, the effort to realize the highest type of any natural object by eliminating all its imperfect elements and combining the perfect into a whole which represents Nature, not as she is exhibited in any one example, but as she might be.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Idealism the doctrine that in external perceptions the objects immediately known are ideas, that all reality is in its nature psychical: any system that considers thought or the idea as the ground either of knowledge or existence: tendency towards the highest conceivable perfection, love for or search after the best and highest: the imaginative treatment of subjects
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  • Calvin Coolidge
    “The business of America is business and the chief ideal of the American people is idealism.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The great artist is a slave to his ideals.”
  • George Sand
    “Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “The ideal has many names, and beauty is but one of them.”
  • Raoul Vaneigem
    “Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. idéalisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. ideaidein, to see.


In literature:

To this law of ideal value, there is opposed the real and practical law that actually obtains in the revival of images.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
The various ideals have no common character apart from the fact that they are ideals.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
This, as I grew older, became a conscious passion with me: not to allow myself to be affected by the world, or its ideals.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
The ideal of rationality is itself as arbitrary, as much dependent on the needs of a finite organization, as any other ideal.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana
Each gives expression to the ideals and ways of thought of his age.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
The Earth-Spirit was inspired by this ideal, and in the ideal was this capacity for improving itself.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Citizenship is the American ideal; and it has never been the English ideal.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
I call it the Other Shore, a structure of idealism forming upon it from much contemplation at the desk.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Progress is a fact as well as an ideal, and the ideal, though it springs from an objective reality, will always be in advance of it.
"Progress and History" by Various
The actual presence was enough for them, they had no ideals.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
From time immemorial the ascetic has been India's ideal of a man of piety.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Ideal, for she is surely different from the ideal woman about whom they have heard so much.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
To a world in which the very bases of civilisation seemed to be dissolving he preached the need of directing ideals.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Realism without idealism has no sense.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
To satisfy his highest ideal, he must devote himself to this work.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Socrates is the restorer of these ideals, but with him they are no longer the ideals of simple faith; they are the ideals of reason.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Take it for all in all we find a body of hard-working men and women translating into practice noble ideals.
"The Library and Society" by Various
But, just because of this fact, we can get an insight, as intimate as it is fragmentary, into one absolutely valuable ideal.
"The Sources Of Religious Insight" by Josiah Royce
It is an ideal, and an ideal for a conscious personal being can hardly be other than conscious.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

In poetry:

Bright visions of ideal grace
That the young poet's dreams inflame,
Were not more lovely than thy face;
Were not more perfect than thy frame.
"Verses, On The Death Of The Same Lady" by Charlotte Smith
None to her secrets save the few
Who hold that facts are far less real
Than dreams, with which all facts indue
Themselves approaching the Ideal.
"The Higher Brotherhood" by Madison Julius Cawein
Costui vivra` la famiglia cantando,
La famiglia ideal,--cui dritto avea--
E ch'egli dove` perder lagrimando....
Che`, coi versi, nudrir non la potea.
"In Morte Di Emilio Praga" by Ferdinando Fontana
She knows, yes, knows that, like the mirage,
Which for the thirsty traveler gleamed,
The sweet ideal she fondly cherished
Was never there; it only seemed.
"To Sanson (02)" by Madge Morris Wagner
O, fairer far than the fair ideal
Of him who imaged the foam-born Queen
In foam-white marble—a dream made real—
To me were you in those years, I ween.
"Years Ago" by Victor James Daley
The rainbow of the flowers of many kinds,
Sweet music dying on the chord away,
Grief for ideals, and tears for liberty—
How tell of these in words of every day?
"The People's Poet" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

Even so, some young Russians are plunging ahead with often- decadent abandon to find freedom, wealth and power, defying the timidity, and idealism, of the older generation.
This software is said to help machining manufacturers select their ideal cleaning technology based on a number of factors.
For many patients, she says Fall is the ideal season for cosmetic dermatological procedures.
Whitman and Lawrie, the ideal dinner date.
Kennedy went on to suggest that the language of the law -- "a language of idealism a language of honor" -- is one avenue of international bridge-building.
What is the ideal diameter -to-length ratio for a vessel.
I can see ideal diameter (DI) values being a useful predictor for the quench-and-temper processes.
Using Ideal Diameter as a Predictor of Q&T Properties.
The Ideal vs the Reality.
High-power single- and dual-directional couplers are ideal for sampling forward and reflected power to 8 GHz.
Government involvement in economic development is not ideal.
But a couple of prominent Republicans think he would be an ideal candidate to run against incumbent Democratic Sen Sherrod Brown, of Avon.
'An Ideal Husband' makes for better drama than comedy.
Walking Shadow presents 'An Ideal Husband'.
At first, Green Bay seems like the ideal place to define, once and for all, what it is to be a Franchise Quarterback.

In science:

For this, first note that if T is not simple, then T ⊥ is a proper ideal of T (see 2.4 and its proof ), and then dT ,T ⊥ is an ideal of inder(T ) and a = dT ,T ⊥ ⊕ (cid:0)V ⊗ T ⊥(cid:1) is a proper ideal of g.
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
Because α0 6= 0 and A is a Dedekind domain for which the residue field for each nonzero ideal is finite, we conclude A/(α0) is finite (we know that A/p is finite for every nonzero prime ideal p, but every nonzero ideal in A is a product of nonzero prime ideals).
The Mordell-Lang Theorem for finitely generated subgroups of a semiabelian variety defined over a finite field
Thus, since ι is invertible, oo(2) ΠΠ(n¯0 |n¯1) can have a non-trivial ideal only if k is even, and this ideal must be equal to Z ; direct computation shows that Z is indeed an ideal.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Hence, for any prime ideal ˜Q minimal over P1 + P2 + √¯rA, there exist prime ideals Q and ¯Q so that we have a chain of ideals √ ¯rA ⊂ Q ( ¯Q ( ˜Q. Q contains √ ¯rA, thus Q properly contains some element in Θ, say, P3 .
On the highest Lyubeznik number of a local ring
Maxr (T ), Maxl (T )) we denote the class of maximal two-sided T -ideals (resp. maximal right T -ideals, maximal left T -ideals) and with Sepc(T ) the prime spectrum of T consisting of all prime ideals of T .
Fully Coprime Comodules and Fully Coprime Corings
Now, simplicial ideals correspond to square-free monomial ideals, or differently put, to monomial ideals in the exterior algebra.
Laplacians on shifted multicomplexes
Recall that for any coherent ideal I ⊂ OX , we define the bracket ideal I [p] ⊂ OX as the ideal whose stalks are generated by f p , f ∈ Ix .
Singularities appearing on generic fibers of morphisms between smooth schemes
In order to control the descent, we let I be the group of integer ideals of Z[ζ , ξ ] and consider ω : I → N, the function counting the number of distinct prime ideals which divide an ideal A ∈ I .
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
If a is an ideal of g, the invariance of a under the adjoint action of s shows that a = (cid:0)s ⊗ I (cid:1) ⊕ e for an ideal I of A and an ideal e of d.
The Tits construction and some simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
The prime ideals of U (g) are completely prime but if T has finite-dimensional simple modules of dimension > 1 then their annihilators are primitive ideals that are not completely prime and have no clear counterpart among the prime Poisson ideals of A.
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
In particular J/J 2 is always a Lie algebra and will be denoted g(J ). (ii) There is a need to distinguish between the concepts of a maximal ideal that is also a Poisson ideal, for which we use the term Poisson maximal ideal, and a Poisson ideal that is maximal in the lattice of Poisson ideals.
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
This is a consequence of the well-known fact [9, Lemma 3.3.3] that if δ is a derivation of a Noetherian Q-algebra R and I is an ideal of R with δ(I ) ⊆ I then δ(P ) ⊆ P for each prime ideal P of R that is minimal over I and the fact that I must contain a finite product of such ideals P .
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
Let J = annA (M ). (i) J is a Poisson ideal of A. (ii) If M is simple then J is a prime ideal of A. (iii) If M is finite-dimensional and simple then J is a maximal ideal of A. (iv) C + J 2 ⊆ PannA (M ).
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
Hence no Li contains an ideal of d ⋉ L as such ideals are necessarily H -stable. (ii) is clear because L is in fact centerless, and any H -stable ideal of L gives rise to an H -stable ideal of J .
Simple Jordan conformal superalgebras
We denote by I2 the ideal of algebra F Q, generated by all proper ideals of F Q that don’t belong to ideal I1 .
The classification on simple Moufang loops