ideologue

noun
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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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 Most are not political ideologues, but the new directors do little to prompt reflection about contemporary issues, said Andrea Tompa, the former head of the Hungarian Theatre Critics’ Association. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, "How Viktor Orban Bends Hungarian Society to His Will," 27 Mar. 2018 The ruinous failing of the ideologues who call themselves libertarians is their fanatic attachment to a simple solitary principle — that is, to the notion of personal freedom as the whole end of the civil social order, and indeed of human existence. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 With him were several former FARC leaders, including ideologue Seuxis Hernandez, alias Jesús Santrich, who abandoned the peace process after the U.S. ordered his arrest on drug charges. Fox News, "Colombian rebels threaten renewed violence, accuse government of breaking peace deal," 29 Aug. 2019 The departure of one of the party’s ideologues, Ahmet Davutoglu, who resigned as prime minister in 2016, was seen as a critical juncture. New York Times, "How a Message of Unity and Mistakes by Erdogan Tipped the Istanbul Election," 26 June 2019 But within the United States, plenty of power brokers and ideologues have long sought to unshackle themselves from INF restrictions, regardless of Russia’s state of compliance. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Trump’s Reckless New Missile Race," 5 Aug. 2019 The first is the ideologue—a populist, barnstorming Brexiteer who ousted back-to-back establishment prime ministers on his way to power. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "Which Boris Is Britain Going to Get?," 24 July 2019 Whereupon ideologues retreated to their corners and fired up their social media accounts. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Colin Kaepernick convinces Nike to halt production of shoe with ‘offensive’ flag," 2 July 2019 Even President Trump gets a relative pass in the state media compared with Pompeo, who is described more as an ideologue and gets pilloried on a weekly if not daily basis. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, "As U. S-China relations tumble, Beijing unleashes fury at one target: Mike Pompeo," 27 June 2019

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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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ideologue

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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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