- a people regarded as a political body under an organized government.
Origin of body politic
1425–75; late Middle English bodi politik
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It knocks away the dead skin and leaves the body-politic cleaner.Why Partisan Bickering Works
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But there is a new commandment added to the list of those to be memorized by the body-politic.Steam Steel and Electricity
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The newspapers tell me they're a blood-sucking trust battening on the body-politic, and so on.Aliens
It would be the thrusting of a probe deep into the tenderest and sorest parts of the Confederate body-politic.
And if we were to ask the question, "Upon what does their peculiar value to the body-politic depend?"Preventable Diseases
They form as constant a drain on the body-politic as the victims of the Inquisition formed during so many years in Spain.The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study
- the body politic the people of a nation or the nation itself considered as a political entity; the state
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