from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by elevated ideals or conduct; noble.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to idealism.
  • adj. Refined, cultured, particularly civilized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Proud; arrogant.
  • adj. Having, or characterized by, honorable pride; of or pertaining to elevated principles and feelings; magnanimous; -- opposed to mean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to an elevated mind; having or resulting from high principle; honorable; magnanimous: as, a high-minded ruler; a high-minded act.
  • Proud; arrogant: as, high-minded confidence.
  • Synonyms 1. Honorable, noble, generous, lofty, chivalrous, high-toned.

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

  • adj. of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style


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  • She was referring to the high-minded dreams of young women who had come of age in a time when people walked on the moon, joined the Peace Corps, led the civil rights movement.

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  • One former Penn State professor called his high-minded words on academics a farce, and a former administrator said players often got special treatment.

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  • One former Penn State professor called his high-minded words on academics a farce.


  • The American Hebrew hailed University of Michigan football star Benny Friedman for his “character, intrinsic merit, and pleasing deportment” and basketball legend Nat Holman for his “dignified bearing” as “a man of culture,” his “well-enunciated speech” and “poise,” and his “clean, high-minded Americanism.”

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  • I don't think your high-minded sister is quite right.

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  • After Kennedy's assassination in 1963, President Lyndon Johnson called upon Shriver to run another program which then existed only as a high-minded concept: the War on Poverty, a part of the new president's Great Society.

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  • After I wrote the first Top 10 Movies to Watch Stoned/High, I received a lot of comments that ranged from approbation to condemnation to confusion to high-minded (I SWEAR that pun was unintentional) advisement, but what I got more than anything else was a slew of suggestions.

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  • By far the brainiest of the Seven Sisters — cussed, straight-backed, high-minded, and feminist (its students, so the wags said, preferred the Ph.D. to the Mrs.) — Bryn Mawr was probably the least likely college that Betty Draper, given to such non-U genteelisms as “passed away,” would have attended.

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  • We never thought that we were engaged in some sort of "responsible tourism" and, as it turned out, we were not engaged in any such self-professed, personally glorifying high-minded rescue of locals from themselves.

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  • Maybe this is merely a high-minded aspiration we hope not; if they are serious, they will need to form a serious posse.

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