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What does pol mean?
Like the word politician, pol is most commonly used in the context of politicians campaigning, giving speeches, and promoting themselves, as opposed to the activities that they do as part of being a government official—voting, debating issues, and working to find solutions to problems (in which case a politician might be called a representative or officeholder—or a legislator or lawmaker, if they work in a lawmaking capacity).
Pol is especially used to refer to a long-term politician who’s experienced in making political deals or exchanging political favors.
For that reason, it’s often used in a negative way, such as to refer to politicians who are considered members of the establishment.
The informal term politico can be used to mean the same thing.
Example: We should be focusing on real issues instead of listening to endless rhetoric from pols and pundits.
Where does pol come from?
The first records of the word pol in reference to a politician come from the early 1900s. It’s a shortening of politician, which ultimately derives from the Greek polītikós, which means “civil” and is related to the Greek polī́t(ēs), “citizen.”
The term career politician refers to a representative who has spent a long time as an elected official and usually implies that they haven’t accomplished much other than continuing to get elected. The word pol can be used to mean the same thing. It’s especially used to refer to politicians who are considered insiders in the political world.
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What are some other forms related to politico?
- pols (plural)
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How is pol used in real life?
Pol is usually used informally. It can be used in a negative way to criticize career politicians.
In bid for U.S. Senate seat, @FLGovScott says he wants to get rid of "career politicians" like #Florida's @SenBillNelson. So why are so many career pols campaigning for Scott? He doesn't want to talk about it. https://t.co/WPJQ9tmVLa via @scontorno
— Craig Pittman (@craigtimes) April 17, 2018
Unbelievable. ECOT’s criminal enterprise continues to shock the conscience. Let’s remember that this scam was made possible by greedy pols who gladly compromised public education for campaign $. Those who took the cash should be held responsible. https://t.co/WEhxyCe8FP
— Zack Space (@ZackSpaceOhio) May 1, 2018
A very tough column that asks if pols and pundits who jumped on attack story had the effect of causing CPD to pile resources onto case that may be a hoax instead of real crimes that truly harmed people. Maybe it isn’t always necessary to have an opinion. https://t.co/MLj9K4I2Q8
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) February 22, 2019
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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of pol?
D. all of the above
Example sentences from the Web for pol
Every time a conservative pol gets caught in a racial mess, we hear the same weary and laughable tune.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
A vicious Twitter smear campaign against the Harry Potter author may have been the work of secret agents, says one British pol.Did MI5 Spies Troll J.K. Rowling Over Scottish Independence?|The Telegraph|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First-time candidate and full-time economics professor Dave Brat decisively defeated the consummate pol by a 55 to 45 margin.
And people once thought Chris Christie was a New Jersey pol with an attitude problem.
In a bold move, Kentucky pol Elisabeth Jensen has vocalized her support of the Affordable Health Care Act in her bid for Congress.Meet the Kentucky Dem Running On, Not From, Obamacare|Jonathan Miller|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nôtre Dame's twin towers on each side of that miracle of a rose window would be there next time; but would M. Pol?
I have stood by M. Pol for hours, hoping to acquire something of his mystery; but these things come from within.
Anthropolatry, an-thro-pol′a-tri, n. the giving of divine honours to a human being, a term always employed in reproach.
And, in fact, the girl's merry laughter could be heard below, for it always burst forth if Pol did but open his lips.
"I caught cold the other day, and my leg is stiff, which keeps me from running," answered Pol.