What does ideology mean?

Definitions for ideologyˌaɪ diˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌɪd i-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ideology.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. political orientation, ideology, political theory(noun)

    an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

  2. ideology(noun)

    imaginary or visionary theorization


  1. Ideology(n.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. idologie.]


  1. ideology(Noun)

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

  2. ideology(Noun)

    The study of the origin and nature of ideas.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ideology(noun)

    the science of ideas

  2. Ideology(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Hector Navarro:

    Thieves have no ideology.

  2. Pope Benedict XVI:

    Marxist ideology is wrong.

  3. Pierre Moscovici:

    We need more logic and less ideology.

  4. Le Pen:

    The key word will be pragmatism, not ideology.

  5. David Cockfield:

    This is an ideology that is not corporate-friendly.

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