ideo·​logue ˈī-dē-ə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce ideologue (audio)
variants or less commonly idealogue
: an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology
: an impractical idealist : theorist

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 In the topsy-turvy system MAGA zealots have imposed on the GOP House caucus, one Republican ideologue — in this case, the representative from Georgia — can trigger the House speaker’s ouster. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 12 Apr. 2024 One of my least favorite comment section narratives after Noah announced his exit was that Noah was a liberal ideologue who lost viewers accustomed to Stewart’s more even-handed approach. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 But a revolt among moderates and GOP lawmakers in at-risk seats put that sect of the party on a collision course with the conservative ideologues. Philip Elliott, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 With less to do, people spent more time inside their homes watching TV, where right-wing pundits and ideologues thrived. Elisabeth Zerofsky, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2024 The article showed Reddit employees grappling with tough decisions about barring Nazis, racists and violent ideologues from their platform. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2024 The movement’s chief ideologue, Martin Sellner, was one of the central players in the secret meeting and is a longtime proponent of mass deportations. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Villeneuve may be more cinematic logician than ideologue, but, in implicating Paul as a possible charlatan, the director shrewdly feeds our own uneasiness. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2024 This vacuum allows ideologues to redefine the academic integrity decision as a victory for racial bigotry. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French idéologue, back-formation from idéologie

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideologue was in 1815

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“Ideologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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