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Definitions for ideology
ˌaɪ diˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌɪd i-ide·ol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. political orientation, ideology, political theorynoun

    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

  2. ideologynoun

    imaginary or visionary theorization


  1. Ideologynoun

    A set or system of theories and beliefs held by an individual or group, especially about sociopolitical goals and methods to attain them; in common usage, ideology is such a set of beliefs so strongly held by their adherents as to cause them to ignore evidence against such beliefs, and thus fall into error -- in this sense it is viewed as a negative trait; contrasted to pragmatism, and distinct from idealism.

    Etymology: [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. idologie.]


  1. ideologynoun

    Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group.

    Etymology: From idéologie, from idéo- + -logie.

  2. ideologynoun

    The study of the origin and nature of ideas.

    Etymology: From idéologie, from idéo- + -logie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideologynoun

    the science of ideas

    Etymology: [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. idologie.]

  2. Ideologynoun

    a theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation

    Etymology: [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. idologie.]


  1. Ideology

    An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that constitute one's goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology is a comprehensive vision, a way of looking at things as in several philosophical tendencies, or a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of a society to all members of this society. Ideologies are systems of abstract thought applied to public matters and thus make this concept central to politics. Implicitly every political or economic tendency entails an ideology whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ideology

    ī-de-ol′o-ji, n. the science of ideas, metaphysics.—adjs. Ideolog′ic, -al.—n. Ideol′ogist, one occupied with ideas having no significance: a mere theorist—also Idē′ologue. [Gr. idea, idea, logia, discourse.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ideology

    The science of ideas.

    Ideology is great when it is used with love, peace, fun, love and laughter.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ideology' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4241

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    Rank popularity for the word 'ideology' in Nouns Frequency: #1584

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideology in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ideology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ideology in a Sentence

  1. Interior Ministry:

    At the moment the cell was broken up, its members were fully radicalized and in a phase of total assimilation and commitment to the terrorist ideology -- demonstrating their full disposition to carry out an attack in Madrid.

  2. David Cockfield:

    This is an ideology that is not corporate-friendly.

  3. Stephen Miller:

    When you have large pockets of migration from places where jihadist ideology is prevalent, it can easily create the conditions where large numbers of people, especially young people, can become radicalized or swept up into a radical fervor.

  4. Erika Sanzi:

    Principals comparing their responsibility as educators in the United States in 2021 to tearing down the Berlin Wall is a red flag, it shows that they subscribe to an ideology that is ahistorical and far afield from their obligations as educators of other peoples’ children. While they cheer the collapse of an authoritarian regime in 1989, their version of ‘good trouble’ seems pretty authoritarian.

  5. Kevin Roberts:

    We've always known that the governor is his own best communicator, whenever possible we try to put him in his own words and let him do his own talking. At Christie's events, audience members are screened by state police before entering, but they're not screened for political ideology. In an ear when many politicians and campaigns select their audiences, a Chris Christie town hall is different. Anyone who hears about the town hall is allowed to show up. Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, said town halls are popular because people like getting the chance to ask follow-up questions.

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