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[ih-lek-shuh-neer] /ɪˌlɛk ʃəˈnɪər/
verb (used without object)
to work for the success of a particular candidate, party, ticket, etc., in an election.
Origin of electioneer
First recorded in 1780-90; election + -eer
Related forms
electioneerer, noun Unabridged
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  • His activity in electioneering had introduced him to the notice of some Whig nobles.

  • What a fine bit of electioneering, if he could get them to shut out their own men!

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • I know, the electioneering, the intriguing is a means to an end.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • From the electioneering point of view, I think our journey has been a success.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
  • Before Mr. Crafty, however, they stood detected as blundering novices in the art of electioneering.

  • This is why the director was so opposed to the idea of bringing me on the electioneering trip.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for electioneering


verb (intransitive)
to be active in a political election or campaign
a person who engages in this activity
Derived Forms
electioneering, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for electioneering



1760 (implied in electioneering), from election, probably on model of auctioneer (see auction), as the verb engineer was not yet in use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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