Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
High-minded \High"-mind"ed\, a.
Proud; arrogant. [Obs.]
Be not high-minded, but fear.
--Rom. xi. 20.
Having, or characterized by, honorable pride; of or pertaining to elevated principles and feelings; magnanimous; -- opposed to mean.
High-minded, manly recognition of those truths.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
a. 1 Given to idealism. 2 Refined, cultured, particularly civilized.
Usage examples of "high-minded".
He had no tolerance at all for their high-minded Romantic and idealistic velleities, even though these had played a part in helping to abolish serfdom and had led to a more humanitarian attitude toward the peasantry.
Berkeley, takes an equally approbatory, if not quite so high-minded, view.
SEVENTEEN Handsome and high-minded Henry Rackham, who once upon a time seemed destined to become the Rackham of Rackham Perfumeries, and now is merely the brother of that eminent man, stands alone in a turd-strewn street, his rain-dappled topcoat steaming faintly in the afternoon sun, waiting for a prostitute.
She knew her sex enough to be aware that they are very jealous, and she permitted herself to think that this high-minded Sawny was jealous of Miss Lucas.
Benjamin Bache turned with a fury on the President he had so recently lauded as a prudent, high-minded man of integrity.
And for those damages she now appeals to an enlightened, a high-minded, a right-feeling, a conscientious, a dispassionate, a sympathising, a contemplative jury of her civilised countrymen.
I rested well that night, and the next day rode out full of confidence and high-minded intentions to save Britain from becoming enmired in a war which would benefit only the Saecsen in the end.
But then, when they walked along the street behind the house, the Via del Proconsolo, Edge noticed that every single shop was devoted to the display and sale of formidable canvas corsets and belly flatteners, and even uglier abdominal furniture constructed of india rubber, leather and cork—trusses, hernia belts, scrotum supporters—and he mildly suggested that the city fathers might have located Dante's presumed residence in a more high-minded neighborhood.
I like credit for being good and clean and noble and high-minded when I have it coming, even sometimes when I do not-the same as the next person.
I like credit for being good and clean and noble and high-minded when I have it coming, even sometimes when I do not—.
As I drew a bead on the Megapod, I completely forgot all the high-minded musings that had occupied me when I first came to Ape Lake.
I didn't like Westerns much, and I hated them high-minded panel discussions.
Two grinning rakehells came to take Augusta off to a country houseAugusta, still very high-minded about the yellowing badge on her eye.
Two grinning rakehells came to take Augusta off to a country house—Augusta, still very high-minded about the yellowing badge on her eye.
You sit up there in your ivory tower, thinking you're too high-minded and pure to deal with grubby things like business and finance!