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In philosophy, idealism is the group of philosophies which assert that reality, or reality as we can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial.

idealist n : someone guided more by ideals than by practical considerations [syn: {dreamer}]

39 Moby Thesaurus words for "idealist": Berkeleian, Don Quixote, Hegelian, Kantian, Neoplatonic, Neoplatonist, Neoplatonistic, Platonic, Platonist, Platonistic, Quixote, animist, animistic, daydreamer, dreamer, dreamer of dreams, enthusiast, escapist, idealistic, immaterialist, lotus-eater, panpsychist, panpsychistic, prophet, psychist, rhapsodist, romancer, romantic, romanticist, seer, solipsistic, spiritualist, spiritualistic, unrealistic, utopian, utopianist, utopianizer, visionary, wishful thinker

Idealist \I*de"al*ist\, n. [Cf. F. id['e]aliste.] 1. One who idealizes; one who forms picturesque fancies; one given to romantic expectations. [1913 Webster] 2. One who holds the doctrine of idealism, in any sense. In senses 4 and 5 of {idealism}, opposed to {realist}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


A utopia () is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities. The word was coined in Greek by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean.

utopian adj 1: of or pertaining to or resembling a utopia; "a Utopian novel" 2: characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes" [ant: {dystopian}] n : an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer; "a Utopian believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"

80 Moby Thesaurus words for "utopian": Arcadian, Don Quixote, Edenic, Fabian, Leibnizian, Leibnizian optimist, Pollyanna, Quixote, aspirant, aspirer, bright, celestial, cheerful, chiliast, chiliastic, corrective, couleur de rose, daydreamer, dreamer, dreamer of dreams, emendatory, enthusiast, escapist, extremist, gradualistic, heavenly, hopeful, hoper, ideal, idealist, idealized, irrepressible optimist, lotus-eater, meliorist, melioristic, millenarian, millennial, millennialist, millennialistic, millennian, optimist, optimistic, paradisal, perfectibilist, perfectibilitarian, perfectionist, philosophical optimist, progressionist, progressist, progressive, progressivist, prophet, radical, ray of sunshine, reformational, reformative, reformatory, reformer, reformist, reformistic, revisional, revisionist, revisory, revolutionary, rhapsodist, romancer, romantic, romanticist, rose-colored, roseate, rosy, seer, sunny, upbeat, utmost, utopianist, utopianizer, utopist, visionary, wishful thinker

Utopian \U*to"pi*an\, a. Of or pertaining to Utopia; resembling Utopia; hence, ideal; chimerical; fanciful; founded upon, or involving, imaginary perfections; as, Utopian projects; Utopian happiness. [1913 Webster]

Utopian \U*to"pi*an\, n. An inhabitant of Utopia; hence, one who believes in the perfectibility of human society; a visionary; an idealist; an optimist. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

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  • idealist: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • idealist: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • idealist: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • utopian: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • utopian: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • utopian: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • utopian: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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