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

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 reality, Lopez Obrador is more pragmatic than the more hardcore ideologues. Kate Linthicum,, "Rocky under Trump, U.S.-Mexico relations will be tested under new president Lopez Obrador," 3 July 2018 Not coincidentally, all seven are considered reliable ideologues. Brandon Bartels, Washington Post, "It took conservatives 50 years to get a reliable majority on the Supreme Court. Here are 3 reasons why.," 29 June 2018 The success of moderate candidates in the Democratic primaries suggests this is making the party more pragmatic and mindful of party unity than Mr Sanders, an ideologue who is not a Democratic Party member, might like. The Economist, "Berned out," 7 June 2018 Partisans and ideologues on both ends of the political spectrum have the passion (and make the time) to dominate mainstream political debate in person and online. Joe Lieberman, Time, "Social Media Is Distorting What Politicians Believe Is Real," 16 May 2018 Garry lacks the intellectual depth to be a Bannonite ideologue. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 For free-market ideologues, government schools are always a last resort and available to the poor. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What and who is fueling the movement to privatize public education — and why you should care," 30 May 2018 If Trump hadn’t outsourced policymaking on issues like immigration to the hard line ideologues and had pursued a more pragmatic streak, his approval rating would probably be higher. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump is driving a surge in public support for stricter gun laws since Florida," 26 Feb. 2018 Handing the Koch brothers and their fellow right-wing ideologues a big victory, the House on Tuesday passed a right-to-try bill that will harm patients and emasculate the Food and Drug Administration. Michael Hiltzik,, "Giving Koch brothers a big win over patients and the FDA, House sends a right-to-try bill to Trump," 22 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ideologue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of ideologue

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ideologue

French idéologue, back-formation from idéologie

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about ideologue

Statistics for ideologue

Last Updated

14 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for ideologue

The first known use of ideologue was in 1815

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for ideologue



English Language Learners Definition of ideologue

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on ideologue

What made you want to look up ideologue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a magnificent or impressive array

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!