Part of speech: noun

The doctrine that ideas are the only objects immediately known.

Part of speech: noun

The quest of ideal perfection.

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Usage examples "idealism":

  1. And thus we are landed in a region of idealism in the very midst of the work of natural science. - "An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy", W. Tudor Jones.
  2. Being blessed with considerable idealism, he took pride and pleasure in putting a fine artistic finish on everything he did. - "Analyzing Character", Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb.
  3. Hundreds of millions, aroused to the heights of an exalted idealism, came back to earth only to find themselves betrayed. - "The American Empire", Scott Nearing.