ideology

noun

ide·​ol·​o·​gy ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) ˌi-dē-ˈä- How to pronounce ideology (audio)
plural ideologies
1
a
: 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
ideologist noun

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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. Such connotations are still present in some contexts, but the word today is largely used neutrally, most often to refer to a systematic body of concepts, and especially to the set of ideas and beliefs held by 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 To supporters of Israel’s war effort, there is a direct line between the antisemitism that fueled the Holocaust and the ideology of Hamas, whose attack on Israel made Oct. 7 the deadliest day for Jews since the Nazi genocide. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 3 June 2024 Organizers in the City of Brotherly Love broke a world record after recently hosting the largest-ever drag queen story hour event where children were read LGBTQI+ stories and exposed to gender ideology. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 2 June 2024 This is a battle not only between two individuals, but also two divergent musical ideologies. Hazlitt, 30 May 2024 The jury that determined Trump's fate comprised seven men and five women representing a variety of backgrounds and ideologies. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for ideology 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideology was in 1813

Dictionary Entries Near ideology

Cite this Entry

“Ideology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideology. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

ideology

noun
ide·​ol·​o·​gy ˌīd-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce ideology (audio) ˌid- How to pronounce ideology (audio)
plural ideologies
: ideas characteristic of a person, group, or political party
ideologi cal
-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl
adjective
ideologically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb
ideologist noun

Medical Definition

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
plural ideologies
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
ideological adjective
also idealogical
ideologically adverb

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