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
The researchers have also used social media to predict personality, income, and political ideology, and to study hospital care, mystical experiences, and stereotypes.
Most people just pick the set of statistics that fit into their ideology, says Brent Skorup, a research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University who opposes the Wheeler rules.
Sullivan acknowledged that Klan members have a right to gather under the First Amendment, but stressed that the ideologies of the KKK run counter to UVA values.
Right-wing researchers have called Kubitschek a dangerous radical; Weiss sees him as a follower of the ultra-nationalist ideology of Germany’s Weimar Republic.
For a real choice and thus real liberty to exist, the government may not impose its own orthodoxy and homogenize all schools to conform to politically correct attitudes and ideologies.
The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the Sept. 11 attacks, but was shut down and reorganized.
Despite depicting a world that is changed by our own technological advancements and ideologies, Doctorow is optimistic about future generations of humans.
The conflict in Marawi has raised fears that the Islamic State group’s violent ideology is gaining a foothold in this country’s restive southern islands, where Muslim separatists have fought for greater autonomy for decades.
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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: 1813See Words from the same year
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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