ideology

[ahy-dee-ol-uh-jee, id-ee-]
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.
a.
the study of the nature and origin of ideas.
b.
a system that derives ideas exclusively from sensation.
4.
theorizing of a visionary or impractical nature.

Origin:
1790–1800; ideo- + -logy; compare French idéologie

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ideology (ˌaɪdɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
 
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
 
ideological
 
adj
 
ideo'logic
 
adj
 
ideo'logically
 
adv

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ideology
1796, "science of ideas," originally "philosophy of the mind which derives knowledge from the senses" (as opposed to metaphysics), from Fr. idéologie "study or science of ideas," coined by Fr. philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754-1836) from idéo- "of ideas," from Gk. idea (see
idea) + -logy. Meaning "systematic set of ideas, doctrines" first recorded 1909. Ideologue first recorded 1815, in ref. to the Fr. Revolutionaries.
"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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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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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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Example sentences
It is an alternative ideology, and its advocates should be given as much chance
  to explain their beliefs as any other.
His skills were in the communication aspect and the beliefs and ideology.
There has to be a common business interest or ideology before an online
  community can have much leverage.
The one provision was that it be renovated to reflect the change in ideology.
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