• WordNet 3.6
    • n idealist someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Idealist One who holds the doctrine of idealism, in any sense. In senses 4 and 5 of idealism, opposed to realist.
    • Idealist One who idealizes; one who forms picturesque fancies; one given to romantic expectations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idealist One who holds some form of the philosophical doctrine of idealism: opposed to realist.
    • n idealist One who pursues or dwells upon the ideal; a seeker after the highest beauty or good.
    • n idealist An imaginative, unpractical person; a day-dreamer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Idealist one who holds the doctrine of idealism, one who strives after the ideal: an unpractical person
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  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.”
  • Malcolm De Chazal
    Malcolm De Chazal
    “The idealist walks on tiptoe, the materialist on his heels.”
  • Henry Ford
    “An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.”
  • Emma Goldman
    “Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.”
  • Irving Layton
    Irving Layton
    “Idealist: a cynic in the making.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it is also more nourishing.”


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


In literature:

That must have been the work of an idealist, perhaps of a dozen of them, all adding and helping.
"Sunrise" by William Black
It was tinctured with idealistic, mystic, and yet speculative and scientific colours.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
Plato, Mary Wolstonecraft, and John Stuart Mill produced admirable arguments, but influenced only a few impotent idealists.
"The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism" by Bertrand Russell
Our musician was essentially a dreamer and idealist.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
Young people are idealists.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
She is a practical idealist.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
In America, there are more plutocrats, and therefore more idealists .
"Masques & Phases" by Robert Ross
Ibsen als Idealist, p. 57-61.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins
When the idealist studies astronomy, does he learn anything about the stars that God made?
"Winds Of Doctrine" by George Santayana
In the former case he will be a pagan; in the latter, a spiritual idealist.
"Among Famous Books" by John Kelman

In news:

How an idealistic GI – newly home from World War II – found his calling making marbles and fighting racism.
Or at least ventured where an idealistic mindset and better life awaited.
The young Jesuit was an idealist.
He was a reckless drunk and a hopeless idealist, but he was also the best Texas songwriter of our time.
President Obama likes to see himself as a pragmatist, but in foreign policy he is proving to be a supreme idealist of the Woodrow Wilson variety.
The final Winter Olympics of the 20th century opened today with a spare, traditional celebration of Japanese culture that broadened into an idealistic call for international peace and brotherhood.
Here's one way you know "Golden Boy" is set in the past: Its hero is torn between idealistic music-making and a lucrative sports career.
These idealists long to return to a simpler, presumably purer life.
Christian, Jewish, Catholic and Muslim -- preparing to become the nation's next generation of religious leaders, this program follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals.
When the king of Antea dies, loyal and idealistic Geder Palliako is appointed regent for the young prince.
Coming of age amid this influence of anxiety, Sickel was part of a boom of young, idealistic Americans searching for new ways to express spirituality.
He helped maintain its powerhouse status and is remembered as 'the godfather of every idealistic person in the party, young and old.'.
Young idealists turn to farming.
Makiya, who is 58, made the toppling of Saddam Hussein his life's work, the focus of an idealistic vision that guided him through a life of exile.
Estée Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator.

In science:

By taking the “round up” and contraction of P , we obtain the usual idealistic filtration of i.f.g. type C = ⊕a∈Z≥0 (Ca , a) where we set Ca = RUC(Pa ) for a ∈ Z≥0 .
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor
In Step 1, we take the set {(cid:0)cf ,O ⊗ (M−1 X )a , eµ · a(cid:1) | (f , a) ∈ RP } as a part of the generators, where the elements (f , a) belong to the idealistic filtype RP at the algebraic level.
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor
Even if we replace this with tration of i.f.g. {(cid:0)cf ,O ⊗ (M−1 X )a , eµ · a(cid:1) | (f , a) ∈ dRP }, where the elements (f , a) belong to the idealistic filtration of i.f.g. type dRP at the analytic (completion) level, the resulting C wil l not change.
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor
Now we conclude, by the same argument applied to the case of an idealistic filtration in the generalized sense as in the proof of the coefficient lemma (cf. ), that X )a , eµ · a(cid:1) ∈ DEyoung (Q1 ) = Q2 .
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor
There exists an idealistic filtration of i.f.g. type Comp(R) at the algebraic level such that its completion coincides with the companion modification \Comp(R) at the analytic level, i.e., {Comp(R)}b = \Comp(R).
Resolution of singularities of an idealistic filtration in dimension 3 after Benito-Villamayor