|—n , 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|
"Ideology ... is usually taken to mean, a prescriptive doctrine that is not supported by rational argument." [D.D. Raphael, "Problems of Political Philosophy," 1970]
ideology i·de·ol·o·gy (ī'dē-ŏl'ə-jē, ĭd'ē-)
The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture.