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.
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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