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The word ideologue has been in use since the early 1800s, and has a negative connotation. A word’s connotation is all the meanings and associations it bears in addition to its literal meaning. We will examine the definition of the word ideologue, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

An ideologue is someone who expounds a certain idea or ideology, fervently and vociferously. An ideologue will not listen to compromise, and is considered unbending and unreasonable. The ideology that an ideologue adheres to is usually dogmatic. It is a bit of an insult to refer to someone as an ideologue. The word ideologue has its roots in the French word idéologu, a back-formation from the word idéologie, coming into use in 1815 as a description of the French Revolutionaries.


Despite some appearances to the contrary, Raab is, at heart, an ideologue with dangerous convictions. (The Guardian)

Aman Abdurrahman, a leading Islamic State recruiter and ideologue in Indonesia, was found guilty and sentenced to death on Friday on charges that he incited five deadly attacks in the country while he was in prison on an earlier terrorism conviction. (The New York Times)

“Brett Kavanaugh is a dangerous ideologue whose extreme views on civil rights would solidify a far right majority on the Supreme Court,” said a statement by the 109-year-old NAACP, which also opposed Kavanaugh’s confirmation to his current position as a judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. (The Philadelphia Tribune)

FCC chairman Ajit Pai is an ideologue who enthusiastically endorsed the dismantling of net neutrality based on the idea that in the corporate media world, bigger is better. (New York Magazine)

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