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idealism

i·de·al·ism

idealism

 
pronunciation:
aI di lih zm [or] aI di lih zm
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the pursuit of or belief in noble ideals, principles, and values.
Idealism had motivated his entry into politics, but recently it was being replaced by cynicism.
antonyms:
cynicism
definition 2: in the fine arts, treatment of form and content according to standards of perfection. (Cf. realism.)