ideology

noun
ide·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌī-dē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌi- \
variants: or less commonly idealogy \ ˌī-​dē-​ˈä-​lə-​jē , -​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

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Other Words from ideology

ideologist \ ˌī-​dē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist , 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.

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And the third problem, which is the gravest, is that people use narratives because of their tremendous emotional impact to drive human actions, movements, political parties, religions, ideologies. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How History Gets Things Wrong," 5 Oct. 2018 Instead, Wolfe focuses on science as propaganda, part of America’s psychological offensive designed to convince people to buy into American ideology. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cold War propaganda spread the myth that science isn’t political," 11 Dec. 2018 Toxic ideologies often start around family dinner tables. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Talk to Your Family About Racism on Thanksgiving," 19 Nov. 2018 Along those lines, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley don’t necessarily embrace the same ideology. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Should Ocasio-Cortez’s upset have Michael Capuano worried?," 27 June 2018 Court documents indicate that Facebook's internal security office notified the FBI in January that someone was hacking into the accounts of other users to promote ISIS ideology. NBC News, "Wisconsin mother of two charged with trying to recruit for ISIS, hacking social media accounts," 15 June 2018 Other states that have voucher programs are also grappling with the question of whether schools that take public money should be spent on curricula that is outside mainstream academics or infused with religious ideology. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Scholarship programs at private schools need change, lawmakers say," 8 June 2018 He's defended this behavior in the face of pushback from other developers, insisting that people being nice to one another was an American ideology. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of being a jerk, takes time off to learn empathy," 17 Sep. 2018 The victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico is yet another advance for the global march of populism, an ideology that feeds on both fear and hope. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "With Mexico presidential election, another step in global populism — but this time from the left," 2 July 2018

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ideology

: the set of ideas and beliefs of a group or political party

ideology

noun
ide·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌīd-ē-ˈäl-ə-jē, ˌid- \
variants: also idealogy \ -​ˈäl-​ə-​jē , -​ˈal-​ \
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 \ adjective
ideologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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