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party politics

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noun (usually used with a singular verb)
  1. politics based on strict adherence to the policies and principles of a political party regardless of the public interest; partisan loyalism.

Origin of party politics

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for party politics

Historical Examples

  • At sea he had made it a principle to abstain from party-politics.

    The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660

    David Masson

  • It is interesting, wonderfully interesting—the miracles which party-politics can do with a man's mental and moral make-up.

  • Joe, even I could be guilty of such a thing as that—if I were in party-politics; I really believe it.


British Dictionary definitions for party politics

party politics

pl n
  1. politics conducted through, by, or for parties, as opposed to other interests or the public good
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