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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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 Other senior Tigrayans wanted by the government include an 80-year-old ideologue, a former foreign minister and the party president, Debretsion Gebremichael, considered a political moderate until tensions with Mr. Abiy exploded this year. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "They Once Ruled Ethiopia. Now They Are Fighting Its Government.," 15 Nov. 2020 Tom Metzger, a racist ideologue who became one of the most influential figures in the nation’s White supremacist movement and mentored a violent generation of neo-Nazis from his Fallbrook home, has died. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Tom Metzger, white supremacist tied to notorious 1988 murder by neo-Nazis in Portland, dies," 11 Nov. 2020 Tom Metzger, a racist ideologue who became one of the most influential figures in the nation’s White supremacist movement and mentored a violent generation of neo-Nazis from his Fallbrook home, has died. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘A dark chapter of hate closes’: Notorious racist leader Tom Metzger dead at 82," 10 Nov. 2020 Spencer was a leading ideologue and spokesman for white nationalism. Ben Sales,, "Filmmaker behind ‘White Noise,’ a new documentary on the alt-right, wants to expose the movement’s hypocrisy," 3 Nov. 2020 When the motivation of an internet editor is to inflame ideology, and when the cost of maintaining an internet site is trivial, an audience of any size is enough to keep a poisonous ideologue at the keyboard. Jack Davies, Star Tribune, "Can democracy survive the internet?," 25 Sep. 2020 But Wolf was not known publicly as an ideologue or Trump true believer. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Chad Wolf emerges as Trump’s favorite Department of Homeland Security chief," 3 Aug. 2020 Each represents, for the ideologues who adopt it, a comfortably absolute view of the world that either validates or invalidates whatever policymakers might attempt. Wells King, National Review, "Recovering the American Tradition of Economic Policy," 5 May 2020 The education ministry, led by a conservative ideologue, accomplished almost nothing in 2019. The Economist, "Jair Bolsonaro’s contentious first year in office," 4 Jan. 2020

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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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“Ideologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ideologue

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

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