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ideology

[ahy-dee-ol-uh-jee, id-ee-] /ˌaɪ diˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌɪd i-/
noun, plural ideologies.
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
1790-1800
1790-1800; ideo- + -logy; compare French idéologie
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  • New discoveries will trounce old ideologies and open all our minds about what to do for children and how to do it.
  • It should protect only faculty rights to express and teach their ideas and ideologies without excessive censoring or fear.
  • Those who accept the obvious include members of all political ideologies.
  • Instead of adapting, they cling to their outdated ideologies.
  • Nevertheless, it is important to remember that adherents to all political ideologies come to grief when they become arrogant.
  • Meanwhile, some of the fastest-growing sites are those which explicitly cater to their users' ideologies.
  • Our defeat tore us apart in a world of conflicting ideologies, none of which was a product of our national spirit.
  • Proponents of fringe ideologies are given equal time with the bulk of the scientific community.
  • The problem often comes when they get together and start following tribal ideologies where mob thinking kicks in.
  • It has not allowed nonpolitical ideologies to spread.
British Dictionary definitions for ideologies

ideology

/ˌaɪdɪˈɒlədʒɪ/
noun (pl) -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 Forms
ideological (ˌaɪdɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), ideologic, adjective
ideologically, 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]

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ideologies in Medicine

ideology i·de·ol·o·gy (ī'dē-ŏl'ə-jē, ĭd'ē-)
n.
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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