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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The body of ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, group, class, or culture.
  • n. A set of doctrines or beliefs that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group.
  • n. The study of the origin and nature of ideas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of ideas.
  • n. A theory of the origin of ideas which derives them exclusively from sensation.
  • n. A set or system of theories and beliefs held by an individual or group, especially about sociopolitical goals and methods to attain them; in common usage, ideology is such a set of beliefs so strongly held by their adherents as to cause them to ignore evidence against such beliefs, and thus fall into error -- in this sense it is viewed as a negative trait; contrasted to pragmatism, and distinct from idealism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of ideas or of mind; a name applied by the later disciples of the French philosopher Condillac to the history and evolution of human ideas, considered as so many successive forms or modes of certain original or transformed sensations; that system of mental philosophy which derives knowledge exclusively from sensation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
  • n. imaginary or visionary theorization

Etymologies

French idéologie : idéo-, ideo- + -logie, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French idéologie, from idéo- + -logie. (Wiktionary)

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