- the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.
- such a body of doctrine, myth, etc., with reference to some political and social plan, as that of fascism, along with the devices for putting it into operation.
- the study of the nature and origin of ideas.
- a system that derives ideas exclusively from sensation.
- theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.
Origin of ideology
Examples from the Web for ideology
His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
ALEC attracted corporations that saw an opportunity to push an agenda, regardless of ideology.
ALEC echoed the ideology of Charles Wilson, the first Defense Secretary in the Eisenhower administration.
But what influenced his change of heart to move away from Jacobinism as an ideology?Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
All is aimed at inculcating young minds with the ISIS ideology.Darkness at Noon Prayers: Inside the Islamic Police State
November 5, 2014
They should be destroyed because their ideology does not agree with yours.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
In an age when money is the only ideology – they did not adhere to the party line.
It is a philosophy, an ideology, a way of life, a mentality and a personality.
The ideology of the various groups and parties had hardly changed.Our Revolution
The role of ideology in modern government has suffered curious neglect among students of politics for a considerable time.Government in Republican China
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
- a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs and interests of a nation, political system, etc and underlies political action
- philosophy sociol the set of beliefs by which a group or society orders reality so as to render it intelligible
- speculation that is imaginary or visionary
- the study of the nature and origin of ideas
Word Origin and History for ideology
1796, "science of ideas," originally "philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses" (as opposed to metaphysics), from French idéologie "study or science of ideas," coined by French philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) from idéo- "of ideas," from Greek idea (see idea) + -logy. Later used in a sense "impractical theorizing" (1813). Meaning "systematic set of ideas, doctrines" first recorded 1909.
Ideology ... is usually taken to mean, a prescriptive doctrine that is not supported by rational argument. [D.D. Raphael, "Problems of Political Philosophy," 1970]
- The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture.