from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of idealizing.
  • n. The representation of natural objects, scenes, etc., in such a way as to show their most important characteristics; the study of the ideal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of idealizing.
  • n. The representation of natural objects, scenes, etc., in such a way as to show their most important characteristics; the study of the ideal.
  • n. A defense mechanism that splits something one is ambivalent about into two representations -- one good and one bad.
  • n. something that exists only as an idea.
  • n. a protrayal of something as ideal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of forming in idea or in thought; the act of making ideal. Also spelled idealisation.

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

  • n. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad
  • n. a portrayal of something as ideal
  • n. something that exists only as an idea


idealize +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)


  • Laws almost always involve approximation and idealization Sometimes the idealization is so great that a law is quite inaccurate over parts of the range of phenomena it is supposed to cover (as is the law for the simple pendulum or the general gas laws).

    A New Weapon Against Freedom and ID: Volksverhetzung

  • Though a certain work of idealization is required to posit or conceive of an object as non-thinkable, nonclassical theory presses on to "an epistemological double-rupture" whereby the idealization is identified as such.


  • In a way that recalls the idealization of Jean Genet by the French existentialists, it was his own freedom from constraints, as much as his urge to break the shackles of others, that drew the Transcendentalists to him.

    Philocrites: John Brown: The Transcendentalists' terrorist.

  • In their works women artists combine many different elements, such as idealization, realism, humor, satire and irony, which bear witness to their desire to escape the world in which they found themselves.

    Art during the Holocaust.

  • Other labels for this kind of idealization include

    Models in Science

  • But this common kind of idealization, though it is very important and very precious, does not produce the great events in the life of mankind.

    Manhood of Humanity.

  • Many genuine artists, who cannot be content with a mere inventory of material objects, seek to express the objects by what was once called "idealization," then "selection," and which tomorrow will again be called something different.

    Concerning the Spiritual in Art

  • I have seen facts which would be described as "idealization" if I told them in this place; and the very names of these men, hardly known outside a narrow circle of friends, will soon be forgotten when the friends, too, have passed away.

    Mutual Aid; a factor of evolution

  • All the materials with which his memory is crowded become classified, orderly, harmonious, and undergo that compulsory idealization which is the result of a childlike perception, that is to say, of a perception that is keen, magical by force of ingenuousness.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 4

  • I know clearly only this, that it proceeded, and still on Quaker Hill proceeds from the old religious inheritance, and from the present religious character of the place; that it tends directly to the creation of the community of all men, of all different groups, and that it is ready at hand at all time, to be called to the assistance of anyone who knows how to appeal to that communal unity; and that it is a power of idealization, meaning by that

    Quaker Hill A Sociological Study


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