The referendum idea that surprised most of Europe was characteristic of Papandreou, who combines high-minded democratic idealism with a penchant for high-risk power plays.
It virtually disappeared from Europe after the early 1960s because children had access to antibiotics, he explained. But in Africa, where many people have "never seen a nurse or a doctor in their life", Strada said, rheumatic fever is endemic and leads to the continent’s most common form of heart disease, causing an estimated 300,000 deaths a year.（AFP）
discussion which became endemic among serious-minded Oxford undergraduates
small-minded critics in 1950s.
By IAN McEWAN
Reviewed by WALTER KIRN
Certain books are so bad that they're actually rather good. Ian McEwan's new novel is just the opposite: it's so ingeniously designed, irreproachably high-minded and skillfully brought off that it's actually quite bad.
Characterized by elevated ideals or conduct; noble.
high-mindedly high'-mind'ed·ly adv.
high-mindedness high'-mind'ed·ness n.
- Having a narrow or selfish attitude.
- Characterized by pettiness or selfishness.
small-mindedness small'-mind'ed·ness n.
- Prevalent in or peculiar to a particular locality, region, or people: diseases endemic to the tropics. See synonyms at native.
- Ecology. Native to or confined to a certain region.
An endemic plant or animal.
[From Greek endēmos, native, endemic : en-, in; see en-2 + dēmos, people.]endemically en·dem'i·cal·ly adv.
endemism en·dem'ism n.