i·de·ol·o·gy (ī′dē-ŏlə-jē, ĭd′ē-)
n. pl. i·de·ol·o·gies
A set of doctrines or beliefs that are shared by the members of a social group or that form the basis of a political, economic, or other system.
[French idéologie : idéo-, ideo- + -logie, -logy.]
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