I*de"al*ism, n. The practice or
habit of giving or attributing ideal form or character to things;
treatment of things in art or literature according to ideal standards
or patterns; -- opposed to realism.
I*de"al*ism (?), n. [Cf. F.
idéalisme.] 1. The quality or
state of being ideal.
2. Conception of the ideal;
3. (Philos.) The system or theory that
denies the existence of material bodies, and teaches that we have no
rational grounds to believe in the reality of anything but ideas and