idealism idealism  /aɪ ˈdi lɪ zəm/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality
  2. (n) impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
  3. (n) elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

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  1. Johnson's slovenly idealism came at the end of a great liberal pendulum swing.
  2. In foreign policy, he created an approach that wove together idealism with balance-of-power realism.
  3. Barack Obama is the progeny of this idealism.

News

  1. NSA case illustrates tech hiring risks

    WASHINGTON -- Among the more curious revelations to emerge from the recent NSA leak saga is how a 29-year-old high school dropout landed a $122,000 job in a sensitive government program. Edward Snowden, the contractor who spilled top secret information about a sensitive government electronic data collection program, said he did so out of idealism. His actions have triggered a national debate ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Arizona Republic

  2. Photos: Big U.S. intelligence leaks

    Some did it for the money, some did it for idealism, others didn't do it at all. Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed himself Monday as the leaker of details of U.S. government surveillance programs to The Guardian.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CNN

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  1. "While our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not," Mr. Obama said before the train ride began. "What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed." "What is required is a new...
    on Jan 17, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  2. Mr Miliband said the party's conference should be a demonstration that it had the "idealism and drive" needed to solve Britain's problems.
    on Sep 19, 2008 By: David Miliband Source: TeleText

  3. Dr Bari said: "Marriage should not be forced on people but parents can be a catalyst...... Young people are emotional, they want idealism. Older people have gone through all sorts of things and become a bit more experienced."
    on Nov 10, 2007 By: Muhammad Abdul Bari Source: ic Wales

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