ideology

noun ide·ol·o·gy \ ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē , ˌi- \
variants: or less commonly idealogy play \ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē, -ˈa-, ˌi-\
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of ideology

plural ideologies
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

ideologist

play \ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jist, ˌi-\ noun

Examples of ideology in a Sentence

  1. the ideology of a totalitarian society

  2. He says that the election is not about ideology.

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What Does ideology Mean?

Ideology has been in use in English since the end of the 18th century and is one of the few words whose coiner we can identify. The French writer A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy proposed it as a term to designate the “science of ideas,” and in that sense the word was quickly borrowed into English. Though ideology originated as a serious philosophical term, within a few decades it took on connotations of impracticality thanks to Napoleon, who used it in a derisive manner. Today, the word most often refers to “a systematic body of concepts,” especially those of a particular group or political party.

Origin and Etymology of ideology

French idéologie, from idéo- ideo- + -logie -logy

ideology Synonyms


IDEOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners

ideology

noun

Definition of ideology for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

ideology

noun ide·ol·o·gy \ ˌīd-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē , ˌid- \
variants: also idealogy play \-ˈäl-ə-jē, -ˈal-\

medical Definition of ideology

plural ideologies
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

ideological

also idealogical play \ˌīd-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ adjective

ideologically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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