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  • n  elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

  • But given the energy mess we're in, I can now gild my personal preference with a patina of high-mindedness: air-conditioning is bad for the planet, and for national security, and .
  • These two humanitarians were engaged not only in worshipping each other's high-mindedness but also in destroying another woman's home, hobbling her children emotionally and setting .
  • But, given the Byzantine nature of Lebanese politics, there may have been more going on than high-mindedness.

  • Mohammad Khatami in The Australian
    On March 9, 1999, during his first visit to Europe, Khatami told the Italian parliament: "Tolerance and exchange of views are the fruits of cultural richness, creativity, high-mindedness and harmony. One must recognise this opportunity."
  • Matthew Parris in guardian.co.uk
    I would defend to the death the media's right to talk about the private lives of semi-public figures; what disgusts me is the pretence of high-mindedness,says Matthew Parris in the Times. "This sad and silly story is not about .........

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