Definition of ideology
1 : visionary theorizing
2a : a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or cultureb : a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culturec : the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
ideologistplay \ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jist, ˌi-\ noun
Examples of ideology in a Sentence
the ideology of a totalitarian society
He says that the election is not about ideology.
Recent Examples of ideology from the Web
Frank was described as having no ideology and that being the scariest thing of all.
William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University, argues that there is no conclusive evidence proving aid can reduce extremist violence or undercut the appeal of militant ideology.
The unrest has boosted fears that the violent ideology of the IS is gaining a foothold in the restive southern Philippines, where a Muslim separatist rebellion has raged for decades.
And clean-energy executives and advocates, as well as some lawmakers, have expressed concern that it will be grounded more in ideology than in evidence.
Despite gains by moderates in the last election, many leadership positions remain in the hands of conservative lawmakers who have been reluctant to back a tax increase either out of personal ideology or because of greater political ambitions.
Police will be examining what appears to be the extremist ideology of an Oregon man accused of fatally stabbing two men who tried to intervene on a light-rail train when the suspect yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim.
The Minya attack came days after El-Sisi joined U.S. President Donald Trump and Arab leaders to launch a new center in the Saudi capital Riyadh to combat the Islamist ideologies behind terrorism.
For his part, Miller denied any connection to Spencer or his ideologies.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of ideology
French idéologie, from idéo- ideo- + -logie -logy
First Known Use: 1813
IDEOLOGY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ideology for English Language Learners
: the set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party
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
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