ideology

noun
ide·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) , ˌi- How to pronounce ideology (audio) \
variants: or less commonly idealogy \ ˌī-​dē-​ˈä-​lə-​jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) , -​ˈa-​ , ˌi-​ \
plural ideologies

Definition of ideology

1a : a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture
b : the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
c : a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
2 : visionary theorizing

Other Words from ideology

ideologist \ ˌī-​dē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce ideology (audio) , ˌi-​ \ noun

What Does ideology Mean?

Ideology has been in use in English since the end of the 18th century and is one of the few words whose coiner we can identify. The French writer A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy proposed it as a term to designate the “science of ideas,” and in that sense the word was quickly borrowed into English. Though ideology originated as a serious philosophical term, within a few decades it took on connotations of impracticality thanks to Napoleon, who used it in a derisive manner. Today, the word most often refers to “a systematic body of concepts,” especially those of a particular group or political party.

Examples of ideology in a Sentence

the ideology of a totalitarian society He says that the election is not about ideology.
Recent Examples on the Web The strongest predictor of vaccination is political ideology. Abdul El-sayed, The New Republic, 21 July 2022 Despite widespread dissatisfaction with Boudin’s ideology, Boudin was not an easy official to bring down. Michael Bernick, Forbes, 15 June 2022 There were women who believed public schools were indoctrinating children with left-wing ideology. Stephanie Mccrummen, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 Before this, the mafia covered itself up with Soviet ideology. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2022 In fact, contrary to Bork’s concerns about AICOA’s empowerment of progressive ideologues, the bill actually has very little to do with ideology or content-regulation. Nate Hochman, National Review, 11 Feb. 2022 Jacobs, 55, represents an increasingly rare brand of politician — moderate in ideology and willing to change his mind. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 25 July 2022 But that, experts say, should not distract from the group’s virulent ideology and its potential for violence. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 That is something else: ideology and intolerance forced on others. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ideology

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ideology

French idéologie, from idéo- ideo- + -logie -logy

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“Ideology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideology. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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ideology

noun
ide·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌīd-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) , ˌid- How to pronounce ideology (audio) \
variants: also idealogy \ -​ˈäl-​ə-​jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) , -​ˈal-​ How to pronounce ideology (audio) \
plural ideologies

Medical Definition of ideology

1 : a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
2 : a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture

Other Words from ideology

ideological also idealogical \ ˌīd-​ē-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce ideology (audio) \ adjective
ideologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ideology (audio) \ adverb

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