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See also: idéologue


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Borrowed from French idéologue (circa 1800), from earlier idéologie (ideology) (1796). Classical compound on Ancient Greek roots, equivalent to ideo- + -logue.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.di.ə.lɒɡ/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈaɪ.di.ə.lɑɡ/, /ˈɪ.di.ə.lɑɡ/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈɑɪ.di.ə.lɔɡ/


ideologue (plural ideologues)

  1. A person who advocates an ideology, especially as an official or preeminent advocate.
    • 1989, Eric R. A. N. Smith, The Unchanging American Voter, University of California Press, page 98:
      An examination of the Nie et al. party and candidate levels over time (shown in Figure 10) reveals that the changes in the number of ideologues in the levels from 1960 to 1964 were caused entirely by changes in the candidate index.
    • 1991, Hong Yung Lee, From Revolutionary Cadres to Party Technocrats in Socialist China, University of California Press, page 113:
      Lin Biao's fall reduced the contending political groups to radical ideologues and bureaucrats, the latter headed by Zhou Enlai. Mao tried to bring the two warring groups together, relying on the ideologues to maintain a revolutionary momentum, while counting on the bureaucrats to preserve order and run the economy.
    • 2005, Rodney P. Carlisle, editor, Encyclopedia of Politics: The Left and the Right, page 229:
      The concept of ideology has its origins in the 19th century and was first used as a technical word by Destutt de Tracy. He was also considered the first ideologue, since he applied this word as a substitute for metaphysics.