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Meaning of idealist

i•de•al•ist

Pronunciation: (ī-dē'u-list), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.
  2. a visionary or impractical person.
  3. a person who represents things as they might or should be rather than as they are.
  4. a writer or artist who treats subjects imaginatively.
  5. a person who accepts the doctrines of idealism.
—adj.
  1. idealistic.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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