Idealism

Noun

  • (philosophy) An approach to philosophical enquiry which asserts that direct and immediate knowledge can only be had of ideas or mental pictures.
  • 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.
  • The property of a person of having high ideals that are usually unrealizable or at odds with practical life.

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