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English noun: idealism

1. idealism (cognition) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality

Broader (hypernym)philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory

Domain categoryphilosophy

2. idealism (attribute) impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are

Broader (hypernym)impracticality

Narrower (hyponym)knight errantry, quixotism, romanticism

3. idealism (attribute) elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

Synonymshigh-mindedness, noble-mindedness

Broader (hypernym)grandeur, magnanimousness, nobility, nobleness

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