noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- 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.
British Dictionary definitions for anti-politics
- 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.