• WordNet 3.6
    • v idealize form ideals "Man has always idealized"
    • v idealize consider or render as ideal "She idealized her husband after his death"
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An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first company to mass produce teddy bears was the Ideal Toy Company
    • v. i Idealize To form ideals.
    • Idealize To make ideal; to consider as ideal; to give an ideal form or value to; to attribute ideal characteristics and excellences to; as, to idealize real life.
    • Idealize (Fine Arts) To treat in an ideal manner. See Idealization, 2.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • idealize To make ideal; give form to in accordance with any preconceived ideal; embody in an ideal form: as, to idealize a portrait.
    • idealize To form ideals.
    • idealize Also spelled idealise.
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  • Norman Douglas
    “You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. idéaliser,


In literature:

Do your duty well, have a worth-while ambition, be a dreamer, have an ideal.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
To make the manufacture of instruments an ideal is to lose much of their ideal value.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
There must also be the opportunity for the forming of worthy plans and ideals.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts
The English ideal of marriage is concerned with rights and the individual, the Jewish ideal is concerned with service and the race.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
He was a great, sincere and honest soul, intent on living the ideal life.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
I was once at a country-house in Switzerland which illustrates this ideal.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
His ideals were so high, and he lived so close to them.
"Letters to His Friends" by Forbes Robinson
I embrace for example an ideal, and I seek to enact this ideal in the person of another.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
That packs into a sentence Jesus' ideal of what a true christian down in this world should be, and may be.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
You must have a perfect ideal if you are to live at all by an ideal.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren

In poetry:

Not a vain and cold ideal,
Not a poet's dream alone,
But a presence warm and real,
Seen and felt and known.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
My sweet-voiced fountain softly sings
Its good-night lyric to the lake;
A skiff glides by on slender wings
With scarce a ripple in its wake;
And pleasure-boats, their canvas furled,
Float idly in an ideal world.
"Evening On Lake Como" by John Lawson Stoddard
Fresh come, to a New World indeed, yet long prepared,
I see the Genius of the Modern, child of the Real and Ideal,
Clearing the ground for broad humanity, the true America, heir of the
past so grand,
To build a grander future.
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman
I walked in the world with the worldly;
I craved what the world never gave;
And I said: "In the world each Ideal,
That shines like a star on life's wave,
Is wrecked on the shores of the Real,
And sleeps like a dream in a grave."
"Song Of The Mystic" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Soft! who is the fair young being—she who nightly joins us now,
In a robe of airy lightness, and with jewels on her brow,
Fair as the most fair ideal dreaming poet e’er inspired,
Or as lover, charmed by beauty, ever worshipped and admired.
"The Two Birth Nights" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Death is a little thing: all men must die;
But when ideals die, God grieves in Heaven.
Therefore I think it was the reason why
This Armageddon to the world was given.
The Soul of man, forgetful of its birth,
Was losing sight of everything but earth.
""Flowers Of France" Decoration Poem For Soldiers' Graves, Tours, France, May 30, 1918" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

Idealism sends many a midcareer professional into teaching.
In the aftermath of 9/11, it was a venture born of tragedy and idealism.
NimCor has introduced Perma- Bow bowed rolls, which the company says is ideal for narrow web applications such as removing web wrinkles or controlling separation of slit webs, The are available in sizes as small as 1-1/2 inch diameter.
Last year at this time, I was sure that I had found the ideal solution: a fake turkey for the vegetarians in the family at Thanksgiving.
Wyoming's state flag is an ideal choice for a new stamp.
Five Tips to Design Your Ideal Business Card .
The ideal place might have been in front of an AAA office.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says that Steven Gerrard is the ideal choice to be the new England captain .
Michael kors tote having a period music group may be the ideal style.
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Farmer Boys has a new menu item ideal for cool weather – if it ever arrives.
Government involvement in many things is not ideal.
Ideals Meet Reality in Yemen.
Soups were dull, so they never found a place on Thomas Keller's menus — until Chapel's version proved soups ideal for showcasing an array of produce.
Clariant and TOPAS Advanced Polymers Collaborate to Develop Glass-Like Colors Ideal for Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Packaging.

In science:

Proposition 3 (i) A ring is a principal ideal domain if, and only if it is both a stably free ideal domain and an Hermite ring. (ii) A ring is a B´ezout domain if, and only if it is both a semistably free ideal domain and an Hermite ring.
On Stably Free Ideal Domains
The same rationale holds for right ideals, and this proves that S−1A is a stably free ideal domain. (2) The case of semistably free ideal domains is similar, considering f.g.
On Stably Free Ideal Domains
The verbally prime algebras (also called T-prime) play a crucial role in the theory of the ideals of identities (also called T-ideals) of associative algebras. A T-ideal is called T-prime if it is prime in the class of all T-ideals.
The centre of generic algebras of small PI algebras
Then I ∩ H is an inner ideal of H . (2) Let J be an ideal of L then (I + J )/J is an inner ideal of L/J .
Inner Ideals of Simple Locally Finite Lie Algebras
Then the fol lowing hold. (1) I is an inner ideal of L if and only if ixj + j xi ∈ I for al l i, j ∈ I and al l x ∈ L. (2) I is an inner ideal of L if and only if iLi ⊆ I for al l i ∈ I . (3) I AI ⊆ L. (4) If I AI ⊆ I , then I is an inner ideal of L.
Inner Ideals of Simple Locally Finite Lie Algebras