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.
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How to use ideology in a sentence
Antifa does exist as a loose-knit ideology with some adherents who have engaged in violence.Five falsehoods spurring Republican concern about the election | Philip Bump | October 15, 2020 | Washington Post
I always wonder with these alt-right types if they began as trolls and picked up a coherent ideology later or if it’s the other way around.
It’s a little surprising to hear you say that Miller has a “firm ideology” because he built his reputation as a troll, and we don’t typically think of trolls as serious ideologues.
The ideologies of the party were less hard and fast 40 years ago.
Meanwhile, proposals have been raised year after year — on the basis of fiscal concerns, ideology or both — to limit the value of federal employment benefits or shift more of the cost to employees.Starting Thursday, most federal employees are eligible for paid parental leave | Eric Yoder | October 1, 2020 | Washington Post
The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology.The End of Truthiness: Stephen Colbert’s Sublime Finale | Noel Murray | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness.
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.
There were no obvious leaders; no single ideology or organization held sway over the crowd.
In such changes we see the collapse of "bourgeois ideology."The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism | Bertrand Russell
And the ideology has been carried to the extreme of calling the whole world an idea, a phantasmagoria.The Positive Outcome of Philosophy | Joseph Dietzgen
They borrowed his phraseology and his distinctive idioms without adopting his ideology.An Autobiography | Igor Stravinsky
To Liebknecht all that Carlyle has said about heroes is contrary to ideology and inversion of the truth.The Future Belongs to the People | Karl Liebknecht
Michael has told me that he very soon felt that there wasn't much ideology or thought, foundation.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for ideology
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
- ideological (ˌaɪdɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or ideologic, adjective
- ideologically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for ideology
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