ideo·​logue | \ˈī-dē-ə-ˌlȯg, -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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Synonyms & Antonyms for ideologue


crusader, fanatic, militant, partisan (also partizan), red hot, true believer, zealot



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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

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Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike receive top billing as Wilifried Bose and Brigitte Kuhlmann, ideologues who find themselves in over their heads very quickly. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘7 Days in Entebbe’ fumbles account of dramatic real-life raid | The Kansas City Star," 15 Mar. 2018 Instead, party ideologues say, why not Marx as a healthy alternative? Washington Post, "China’s Xi free trader to world, champion of Marx at home," 5 May 2018 Ryan was a conservative-movement ideologue devoted to supply-side economics. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Fanatic, Fraud, Factotum: The Rise and Fall of Paul Ryan," 11 Apr. 2018 In reality, Lopez Obrador is more pragmatic than the more hardcore ideologues. Kate Linthicum,, "Rocky under Trump, U.S.-Mexico relations will be tested under new president Lopez Obrador," 3 July 2018 Not coincidentally, all seven are considered reliable ideologues. Brandon Bartels, Washington Post, "It took conservatives 50 years to get a reliable majority on the Supreme Court. Here are 3 reasons why.," 29 June 2018 The success of moderate candidates in the Democratic primaries suggests this is making the party more pragmatic and mindful of party unity than Mr Sanders, an ideologue who is not a Democratic Party member, might like. The Economist, "Berned out," 7 June 2018 Partisans and ideologues on both ends of the political spectrum have the passion (and make the time) to dominate mainstream political debate in person and online. Joe Lieberman, Time, "Social Media Is Distorting What Politicians Believe Is Real," 16 May 2018 Garry lacks the intellectual depth to be a Bannonite ideologue. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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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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