Definition of ideology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌaɪdiˈɒlədʒi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌaɪdiˈɑːlədʒi//
    [countable, uncountable] (pl. ideologies) (sometimes disapproving)
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  1. 1a set of ideas that an economic or political system is based on Marxist/capitalist ideology
  2. 2a set of beliefs, especially one held by a particular group, that influences the way people behave the ideology of gender roles alternative ideologies
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (originally referring to the science of ideas): from French idéologie, from Greek idea ‘form, pattern’ + -logos (denoting discourse or compilation).Extra examples Gender ideology still has an important role in determining how couples allocate household tasks. The party had a Marxist ideology. The party’s policies were based on prejudice rather than on any coherent ideology. These businesses have a core ideology of which profit is but one ideal. They are divided by opposing ideologies. They distanced themselves from the upper class and adopted a communist ideology. They share a common political ideology. They share a hateful ideology that rejects tolerance. They want to spread their ideology of hope. They’re rooted in a shared ideology. This ideology was challenged in the early twentieth century. a unique ideology based on the concept of service an ideology imposed by an elite group the narrow ideology of the extreme right the radical ideology of the French Revolution the underlying ideology of neoliberalism Individualism is central to capitalist ideology. It’s difficult to stand outside the dominant ideology of your own society. Music is often an expression of alternative ideologies. Nationalist ideologies were often a reaction to the presence of a colonial power.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ideology