- A body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, a group, a class, or a culture; examples are ethnocentrism and class consciousness. A set of doctrines, beliefs, or ideals that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system which attempts to put experience of the world into some order. The result, particularly in Marxist thought, is a distortion of reality to maintain authority over it. Various applications of this sense of the word can be found in feminism and other types of critical activity, often very politically oriented. Others use the term with less political load, meaning one type of symbolic system among others, like art, religion, and science. Also see existentialism, formalism, humanism, multiculturalism, and other isms.
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Ideology — I de*ol o*gy, n. [Ideo + logy: cf. F. id[ e]ologie.] 1. The science of ideas. Stewart. [1913 Webster] 2. (Metaph.) A theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation. [1913 Webster] Note: By a double blunder in… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ideology — (n.) 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 French philosopher Destutt de Tracy (1754 1836) from idéo… … Etymology dictionary
ideology — was first used in the later 18c in the meaning ‘the science of ideas’, and has since filled a much needed role as a term free of religious and spiritual connotations to denote ‘a system of ideas forming the basis of an economic or political… … Modern English usage
ideology — index theory Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
ideology — UK US /ˌaɪdiˈɒlədʒi/ noun [C or U] (plural ideologies) POLITICS ► a particular set of ideas and beliefs, especially one on which a political system, party, or organization is based: »The President called for better relations with countries whose… … Financial and business terms
ideology — [n] beliefs articles of faith*, credo, creed, culture, dogma, ideas, outlook, philosophy, principles, system, tenets, theory, view, Weltanschauung*; concepts 688,689 … New thesaurus
ideology — ► NOUN (pl. ideologies) 1) a system of ideas and ideals forming the basis of an economic or political theory. 2) the set of beliefs characteristic of a social group or individual. DERIVATIVES ideological adjective ideologically adverb ideologist… … English terms dictionary
ideology — [ī΄dē äl′ə jē, id΄ēäl′ə jē] n. pl. ideologies [Fr idéologie: see IDEO & LOGY] 1. Archaic the study of the nature and origin of ideas 2. thinking or theorizing of an idealistic, abstract, or impractical nature; fanciful speculation 3. the… … English World dictionary
Ideology — An ideology is a set of beliefs, aims and ideas, especially in politics. An ideology can be thought of as a comprehensive vision, as a way of looking at things (compare Weltanschauung), as in common sense (see Ideology in everyday society below)… … Wikipedia
Ideology — In the Communist Manifesto (1848) Karl Marx writes, “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas,” and this is a key aspect of his theory of ideology. For Marx ideology is both a distorted view of reality and a view that… … Historical dictionary of Marxism
ideology — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ dominant, prevailing ▪ official ▪ competing, opposing ▪ They are divided by opposing ideologies. ▪ … Collocations dictionary