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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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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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 As a result, many of those who defend Moro and Bolsonaro, or who simply abhor Lula and progressive politics, are already trying to discount The Intercept’s reporting as the work of unscrupulous ideologues. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "The Conspiracy to Discredit Brazil’s Left," 10 June 2019 The underlying absurdity of the fugitive’s condition, as well as Transit’s understated modernism, belies Seghers’s reputation as a Marxist ideologue; most certainly this strain of absurdism helped interest Petzold in the material. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "The Waiting Rooms of History," 7 Mar. 2019 Hillary Clinton and her supporters could not simply portray him as a radical ideologue with foolhardy plans that could never be implemented—as Sanders likes to point out, many of his policy proposals poll quite well. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 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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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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