ideo·​logue | \ˈī-dē-ə-ˌlȯg, -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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These same interest groups have speculated that Judge Kavanaugh was selected to do the bidding of conservative ideologues despite his record of judicial Independence. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 Judge Kavanaugh has consistently proven to be a conservative ideologue instead of a mainstream jurist. Joshua Stewart,, "California political response to Trump's Supreme Court pick splits on party lines," 9 July 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 Brett Kavanaugh is an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women’s basic rights. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Must-See Protest Photos from Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings," 4 Sep. 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 Daniel Bruhl and Rosamund Pike receive top billing as Wilifried Bose and Brigitte Kuhlmann, ideologues who find themselves in over their heads very quickly. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "‘7 Days in Entebbe’ fumbles account of dramatic real-life raid | The Kansas City Star," 15 Mar. 2018 Instead, party ideologues say, why not Marx as a healthy alternative? Washington Post, "China’s Xi free trader to world, champion of Marx at home," 5 May 2018 Ryan was a conservative-movement ideologue devoted to supply-side economics. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Fanatic, Fraud, Factotum: The Rise and Fall of Paul Ryan," 11 Apr. 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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The first known use of ideologue was in 1815

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English Language Learners Definition of ideologue

: someone who very strongly supports and is guided by the ideology of a particular group

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