- 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
Related Wordsoutlook, theory, dogma, creed, philosophy, culture, view, credo, system, principles, Weltanschauung, ideas
Examples from the Web for ideologies
But it will take more than superficial solidarity to dismantle those structures and the ideologies that birthed them.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
This article is not a piece of commentary about beliefs or ideologies.Flushing Money Down the Tea Party Toilet
August 19, 2014
Religions and ideologies are unscrupulous in their use of the past.
But religions and ideologies are the opposite of flexible and compromising.
A higher threshold would force the two to remain in allegiance even amidst serious departures in ideologies.Raising the Threshold or Pulling the Carpet Out From Under Israel's Minorities?
October 8, 2013
In an age of the death of ideologies, this is a poor – and dangerous – choice.After the Rain
But essentially, it was a war of ideologies, just as the previous one had been.
And in other countries other ideologies were freely supported.Where I Wasn't Going
Yet it is our ideologies that bring war, besides, do not the ends justify the means?The Revolutions of Time
So ideologies arose to try to solve the dilemma of a basically static society, and they fought wars.
- 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 ideologies
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.