ideo·​logue | \ ˈī-dē-ə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce ideologue (audio) , -ˌläg \
variants: or less commonly idealogue

Definition of ideologue

1 : an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology
2 : an impractical idealist : theorist

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Examples of ideologue in a Sentence

as long as there are ideologues controlling both sides of the aisle, legislative compromise is out of the question the revolutionaries proved to be impractical ideologues who had no idea how to run a country
Recent Examples on the Web Ebrahim Raisi, a rigid ideologue and the head of the judiciary, was elected. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 The judge upending California’s gun laws: ‘Blessed’ jurist or ‘stone-cold ideologue’? Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 But in the state Democratic primary, which Mr. Stevenson won easily, his ticket was hamstrung when two supporters of the far-right ideologue Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. won the party’s nominations for lieutenant governor and secretary of state. New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021 But that would require a journalist to ask hard questions, not merely to be satisfied with having given an ideologue equal time. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 15 Nov. 2021 In early October, the Austin Firefighters Association came out against Proposition A. AFA President Bob Nicks is no anti-police ideologue. Matt Wall, Fox News, 31 Oct. 2021 His two advisers seemed almost to personify the voices arguing in his head: the results-minded Israeli pol and the Palestinian ideologue. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 One Taliban ideologue has defended amputation as punishment. Nic Robertson And Tim Lister, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Kyrsten Sinema has spent the last year participating in a Beltway social experiment that might determine whether an intellectual nullity, clad in Instagrammable vintage wear, might be passed off as a brave and serious centrist ideologue. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 9 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of ideologue

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ideologue

French idéologue, back-formation from idéologie

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The first known use of ideologue was in 1815

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5 Jan 2022

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“Ideologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of ideologue

: someone who very strongly supports and is guided by the ideology of a particular group

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