- the science or art of political government.
- the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.
- political affairs: The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics.
- political methods or maneuvers: We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill.
- political principles or opinions: We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair.
- use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with the structure, organization, and administration of the state, especially the city-state as known in ancient Greece.
- play politics,
- to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics, etc.; exploit a political system or political relationships.
- to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.
Origin of politics
- (functioning as singular) the practice or study of the art and science of forming, directing, and administrating states and other political units; the art and science of government; political science
- (functioning as singular) the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp those relationships involving authority or power
- (functioning as plural) political activities or affairsparty politics
- (functioning as singular) the business or profession of politics
- (functioning as singular or plural) any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one's own ends, etccompany politics are frequently vicious
- (functioning as plural) opinions, principles, sympathies, etc, with respect to politicshis conservative politics
- (functioning as plural)
- the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal
- the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military
Word Origin and History for anti-politics
1520s, "science of government," from politic (adj.), modeled on Aristotle's ta politika "affairs of state," the name of his book on governing and governments, which was in English mid-15c. as "Polettiques." Also see -ics.
Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758-1808)]
Meaning "a person's political allegiances or opinions" is from 1769.
Idioms and Phrases with anti-politics
see play politics.