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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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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Boredom inoculates us against the tiresome ideologue, the person who wants to fix everything with One Big Idea ... F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Politics Has Become Boring Again—and That’s a Relief," 19 Feb. 2019 Jordan is the outsider — a conservative ideologue, who only three years ago stood in the way of McCarthy becoming House speaker. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fight to lead House Republicans now that they’re in the minority, explained," 8 Nov. 2018 Araya added that labor is more skeptical of Alvarado for being in a coalition government and for having as his Cabinet chief Rodolfo Piza, who is considered a right-wing ideologue by union leaders. Javier Cordoba, Fox News, "Costa Rica shaken by rare and unruly unrest, labor strike," 14 Sep. 2018 This brand of feelings-first politics drives ideologues and technocrats bananas, but corresponds to how most people think about politics and political leadership — in terms of group identity and affiliation. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Joe Biden is leading the 2020 polls. Here’s what he thinks about policy.," 18 Dec. 2018 Nuon Chea, 92, was Pol Pot’s deputy and chief ideologue. James Hookway, WSJ, "U.N. Tribunal for First Time Finds Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Guilty of Genocide," 16 Nov. 2018 But because of our purity-contest primary system, candidates inclined to reach out across the aisle are now perpetually worried that their penchant for bipartisanship will prompt a conservative or liberal ideologue to challenge them in a primary. Joe Lieberman, Time, "Joe Lieberman: A New Way to Keep Ideologues Out of Congress," 13 Apr. 2018 So, what comes to the top is the information put out by ideologues and extremists. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Data for Democracy policy head Renée DiResta answers disinformation questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 14 July 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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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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