from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state or quality of being ideal.
  • noun Existence in idea only.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition or quality of being ideal: opposed to reality; in the Hegelian philos., existence only as an element, factor, or moment.
  • noun The faculty or capacity of forming ideals.
  • noun That which is ideal or unreal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being ideal.
  • noun The capacity to form ideals of beauty or perfection.
  • noun (Phren.) The conceptive faculty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality or state of being ideal.
  • noun uncountable The capacity to form deals of beauty or perfection.
  • noun The conceptive faculty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of being ideal


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From Medieval Latin *idealitas ("ideality"), from Late Latin idealis ("ideal"); see ideal and -ity.


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  • If this power (which may be described, although not defined, as the capacity for resolving thought into its elements) be not, in fact, an essential portion of what late philosophers term ideality, then there are indeed many good reasons for supposing it a primitive faculty.

  • Quite the contrary, they say the Scandinavians too must belong to Germany because they are Nordic, for the ultimate aim of all Nazi ideality is that everything that is Nordic and Germanic should belong to Germany.

    The Reich and the German Minorities

  • I lead a parasitic life upon you, for my highest flight of ambitious ideality is to become your conqueror, and go down into history as such, you and I rolled in one another's arms and silent (or rather loquacious still) in one death-grapple of an embrace.

    Familiar Letters of William James III

  • -- We sympathise with you, and approve of the sentiments you express in verse; but the latter is not even correct in composition, quite apart from its lack of any ideality, which is inseparable from true poetry.

    The Girl's Own Paper, Vol. VIII, No. 357, October 30, 1886

  • [30] The rational immortal spirit of man — his ideal phase — has the task of realizing the beautiful, the ideal, and the highest end of human life is ideality, that is, it is, to become like God; this

    Christian Ethics. Volume I.���History of Ethics.

  • For observe: this love of what is called ideality or beauty in preference to truth, operates not only in making us choose the past rather than the present for our subjects, but it makes us falsify the present when we do take it for our subject.

    Lectures on Architecture and Painting Delivered at Edinburgh in November 1853

  • But the "ideality" of an object, and the "simple possibility" of an object, have meaning only in relation to a reality that drives into the region of the ideal, or of the merely possible, the object which is incompatible with it.

    Evolution créatrice. English

  • It has the ideality which is the salt that keeps a story sweet for many a year.

    Literary Workers of the South

  • The obsession with becoming slimmer and slimmer is an obsession with becoming an image, and therefore transparent, an obsession with the disembodied ideality which is that of film stars.

    Vox Nova

  • a liking to Yákoff's spiritual purity, his "ideality," -- possibly as a contrast to what he daily encountered and beheld; -- or, perhaps, in that same attraction toward "ideality" the young man's German blood revealed itself.

    A Reckless Character And Other Stories


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