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 Unlike Araújo, França isn't a follower of far-right ideologue Olavo de Carvalho, the newspaper O Globo reported. Star Tribune, "Bolsonaro forced into Cabinet shuffle, changes top diplomat," 29 Mar. 2021 First came the Monday morning exit of Brazil’s foreign minister, a right-wing ideologue blamed for failing to secure enough coronavirus vaccines. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates Health-care workers at higher risk of insomnia and burnout as pandemic resurges, warns WHO," 31 Mar. 2021 Yellen is expected to approach the regulation and enforcement at Treasury as a pragmatist, not an ideologue. Matt Egan, CNN, "The time Janet Yellen threw the book at Wells Fargo," 29 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 The current Libertarian presidential field is full of nationally unknown ideologues and unserious characters. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Amash keeps dropping hints about a Libertarian Party presidential bid," 15 Apr. 2020 The settlement, named for a prominent female ideologue killed in combat in 2009, is located high up on lush green mountains that have long been a FARC stronghold and was witness to some of the conflict’s worst atrocities. Christine Armario, The Seattle Times, "Colombia takes big step to peace as rebels lay down guns," 27 June 2017

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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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23 Apr 2021

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“Ideologue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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