ideology

[ahy-dee-ol-uh-jee, id-ee-]
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noun, plural i·de·ol·o·gies.
  1. the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.
  2. 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.
  3. Philosophy.
    1. the study of the nature and origin of ideas.
    2. a system that derives ideas exclusively from sensation.
  4. theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.

Origin of ideology

1790–1800; ideo- + -logy; compare French idéologie
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Historical Examples of ideologies

  • In an age of the death of ideologies, this is a poor – and dangerous – choice.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • But essentially, it was a war of ideologies, just as the previous one had been.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • And in other countries other ideologies were freely supported.

  • Yet it is our ideologies that bring war, besides, do not the ends justify the means?

  • So ideologies arose to try to solve the dilemma of a basically static society, and they fought wars.

    Bear Trap

    Alan Edward Nourse


British Dictionary definitions for ideologies

ideology

noun plural -gies
  1. a body of ideas that reflects the beliefs and interests of a nation, political system, etc and underlies political action
  2. philosophy sociol the set of beliefs by which a group or society orders reality so as to render it intelligible
  3. speculation that is imaginary or visionary
  4. the study of the nature and origin of ideas
Derived Formsideological (ˌaɪdɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or ideologic, adjectiveideologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for ideologies

ideology

n.

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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ideologies in Medicine

ideology

[ī′dē-ŏlə-jē, ĭd′ē-]
n.
  1. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture.
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ideologies in Culture

ideology

[(eye-dee-ol-uh-jee, id-ee-ol-uh-jee)]

A system of beliefs or theories, usually political, held by an individual or a group. Capitalism, communism, and socialism are usually called ideologies.

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