Ideology definition

īdē-ŏlə-jē, ĭdē-
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A set of doctrines or beliefs that are shared by the members of a social group or that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.
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The definition of ideology is the set of ideas and beliefs that are important to a person, a group, or a culture.

An example of an ideology is a candidate's statement about their beliefs.

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Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group.
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The study of the origin and nature of ideas.
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(rare) Thinking or theorizing that is of an idealistic, abstract, or impractical nature; fanciful speculation.
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(archaic) The philosophical study of the nature and origin of ideas.
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The doctrines, opinions, or way of thinking of an individual, class, etc.; specif., the body of ideas on which a particular political, economic, or social system is based.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ideology
Plural:
ideologies

Origin of ideology

  • French idéologie idéo- ideo- -logie -logy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French idéologie, from idéo- + -logie (equivalent to English ideo- +‎ -logy). Coined 1796 by Destutt de Tracy. Modern sense of “doctrine” attributed to use of related idéologue (“ideologue”) by Napoleon Bonaparte as a term of abuse towards political opponents in early 1800s.

    From Wiktionary