ideology


ide·ol·o·gy

noun \ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌi-\

: the set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party

plural ide·ol·o·gies

Full Definition of IDEOLOGY

1
:  visionary theorizing
2
a :  a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
b :  a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
c :  the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
ide·ol·o·gist \-jist\ noun

Variants of IDEOLOGY

ide·ol·o·gy also ide·al·o·gy \-ˈä-lə-jē, -ˈa-\

Examples of IDEOLOGY

  1. the ideology of a totalitarian society
  2. He says that the election is not about ideology.

Origin of IDEOLOGY

French idéologie, from idéo- ideo- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1813

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

ide·ol·o·gy

noun \ˌīd-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌid-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural ide·ol·o·gies

Medical Definition of IDEOLOGY

1
: a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
2
: a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
ideo·log·i·cal also idea·log·i·cal \ˌīd-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective
ideo·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of IDEOLOGY

ide·ol·o·gy also ide·al·o·gy \-ˈäl-ə-jē, -ˈal-\

ideology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Form of social or political philosophy in which practical elements are as prominent as theoretical ones. The term was coined in 1796 by the French writer Antoine-Louis-Claude, Comte Destutt de Tracy (b. 1754—d. 1836), as a label for his “science of ideas.” Certain characteristics of his thought proved generally true of ideologies, including a more or less comprehensive theory of society, a political program, anticipation of a struggle to implement that program (thus requiring committed followers), and intellectual leadership. Destutt de Tracy's ideas were adopted by the French Revolutionary government in building its version of a democratic, rational, and scientific society (see Directory). Napoleon first gave the term a negative connotation with his scorn for what he called idéologues. Ideology is often contrasted unfavourably with pragmatism. The significance of ideology follows from the fact that power is rarely exercised without some ideas or beliefs that justify support.

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