ideology Definition

  • 1a system of ideas and ideals, especially one that forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy.
  • 2the study of ideas and their origin

Using ideology: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ideology" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The party's ideology is based on socialist principles.

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    He has a strong ideology about the role of government in society.

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    The professor specializes in the history of political ideologies.

ideology Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for ideology

Antonyms for ideology

Phrases with ideology

  • a political and economic theory advocating for a classless society and the abolition of private property


    The Marxist ideology has been influential in many countries throughout history.

  • a far-right, authoritarian political ideology characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy


    The fascist ideology was prominent in Italy during the early 20th century.

  • a political philosophy emphasizing individual freedom, democratic institutions, and the rule of law


    The liberal ideology has been influential in many Western democracies.

Origins of ideology

from French 'idéologie', coined by Antoine Destutt de Tracy from Greek 'idea' (form, pattern) + -logy (study of)


Summary: ideology in Brief

The term 'ideology' [ˌʌɪdɪˈɒlədʒi] refers to a system of ideas and ideals that form the basis of economic or political theory and policy. It can also refer to the study of ideas and their origin. Examples of ideologies include Marxist, fascist, and liberal ideologies. The term is often used in academic and political contexts.

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