What does ideology mean?

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.


  1. ideologynoun

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

  2. ideologynoun

    The study of the origin and nature of ideas.

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


  1. ideology

    Ideology is a system of beliefs, values, and ideas that form a person's worldview and shape their socio-political judgments, perceptions, attitudes and actions. It can refer to a comprehensive vision, such as political ideologies, religious ideologies or cultural ideologies, and influences how individuals understand and interpret the world.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideologynoun

    the science of ideas

  2. Ideologynoun

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

  3. 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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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

  2. Nouns Frequency

    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. Carly Fiorina:

    Droughts are nothing new in California, but right now, 70 percent of California's rainfall washes out to sea because liberals have prevented theconstruction of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades, during a period in which California’s population has doubled, this is theclassic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people's lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology.

  2. John Saul:

    Ideology is a form of illiteracy. Those addicted to it are unable to understand anything other than what fits their pattern.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    I don’t want to see us go backwards, but organized interests fueled by ideology and huge amounts of money are trying to take us backwards. So I feel as strongly today as I ever have that we all have to stand up and defend our country, and most importantly, our democracy.

  4. Josh Hawley:

    Over the past year, Americans have watched stunned as a radical ideology spread through our country's elite institutions -- one that teaches America is an irredeemably racist nation founded by White supremacists.

  5. David Horovitz:

    The sense in Israel, and it goes way beyond Netanyahu, is that the president underestimates Iran's duplicity, underestimates Iran's ruthlessness, the religious imperative behind its ideology.

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