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The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

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Idealism definitions


  • the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc.
  • the practice of idealizing.
  • something idealized; an ideal representation.
  • Philosophy: any system or theory that maintains that the real is of the nature of thought or that the object of external perception consists of ideas.
  • the tendency to represent things in an ideal form, or as they might or should be rather than as they are, with emphasis on values.
Source: The Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary Copyright � 1997 by Random House Inc.


  • The act or practice of envisioning things in an ideal form.
  • Pursuit of one's ideals.
  • Idealized treatment of a subject in literature or art.
  • Philosophy The theory that the object of external perception, in itself or as perceived, consists of ideas.
Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright � 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.


  • the practice of forming ideals or living under their influence
  • something that is idealized
Source: Merriam-Webster's WWWebster Dictionary


  • the pursuit of or belief in noble ideals, principles, and values.
Source: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary

Machiavelli and idealism

The prince is in a sense a guide of how a prince can create his idealistic principality to rule.

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