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Meaning of ideology by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( US ) IPA: /aɪ.di.ˈɑl.əd.ʒi/, /ɪ.di.ˈɑl.əd.ʒi/


    From French idéologie, from idéo- + -logie .


    ideology ( plural: ideologies )

    1. Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group .
    2. The study of the origin and nature of ideas .

    See also

    • ideology in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • ideology in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of ideology by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. imaginary or visionary theorization

    2. an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation

    Definition of ideology by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Ideology n. [Ideo- + -logy: cf. F. idéologie.]
      1. The science of ideas. Stewart.

      2. ( Metaph. ) A theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation.

      ☞ By a double blunder in philosophy and Greek, idéologie . . . has in France become the name peculiarly distinctive of that philosophy of mind which exclusively derives our knowledge from sensation. Sir W. Hamilton.

      3. 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.