Ideology vs Ism - What's the difference?

ideology | ism |

As a noun ideology

is doctrine, philosophy, body of beliefs or principles belonging to an individual or group.

As an abbreviation ism is




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

    Original meaning “study of ideas” (following the etymology), today primarily used to mean “doctrine”. For example “communist ideology” generally refers to “communist doctrine”; study of communist ideas instead being “communist philosophy”, or more clearly “philosophy of communism”; only rarely “ideology of communism”.




    (en noun)
  • An ideology, system of thought, or practice that can be described by a word ending in -ism.
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XV, ''Practical — Devotional
  • […] his religion, his worship was like his daily bread to him; — which he did not take the trouble to talk much about; which he merely ate at stated intervals, and lived and did his work upon! This is ’s Catholicism of the Twelfth Century; — something like the Ism''''' of all true men in all true centuries, I fancy! Alas, compared with any of the '''''Isms current in these poor days, what a thing!
  • * 1965 , , Marxism, One Hundred Years in the Life of a Doctrine , p. 357,
  • An ism does not have to possess the fearful implements of state power to cut off a a deviant or heretical member.
  • * 1969 , Walter E. Minchinton, Mercantilism; System Or Expediency? , p. xi,
  • In his exposition, he has failed to achieve the identification of situation, theory, and policy necessary to create an ism .
  • * 1986 , (Matthew Broderick) (as Ferris Bueller), :
  • Isms' in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ' ism – he should believe in himself.
  • * 1994 , Kenneth Kaye, Workplace Wars and How to End Them , p. 70,
  • It is important to distinguish between an ism' and a mere generalization about group differences. Generalizations that have statistical validity are not '''isms'''. An ' ism assumes that the generalization applies to an individual.
  • Specifically , a form of discrimination, such as racism or sexism.
  • See also

    * (l) * (l) * wasm


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