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What does politician mean?
A politician is a person who holds or is seeking political office as an elected government official.
The word 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).
The word politician is often used in a negative way. That’s because being a politician is often associated with attempting to be likeable to the largest possible group of people (voters) in order to get elected and gain influence—and perhaps doing so for one’s own benefit, instead of the public.
Politicians are often affiliated with political parties and associated with party politics, which involve the strict adherence to the policies and principles of a political party, regardless of the public interest, often resulting in partisanship.
The word politician is also commonly used in a figurative way to refer to a person who’s particularly skilled at navigating the politics—the activities involving gaining and maintaining power and influence—of a certain situation, such as the workplace. Calling someone a politician in this way usually implies that they are good at building support, especially with the goal of helping them to further some agenda or boost or maintain their power in that setting. However, it also usually implies that such a person is at least somewhat dishonest or fake (like many real politicians are often accused of being). The word is often applied in this way to someone who tells people what they want to hear in order to gain power or influence.
When someone says that an elected official is “not a politician” (even though they obviously are in the literal sense), they usually mean that that person is exactly as they seem—they’re not presenting an artificial public persona.
Example: We need to demand more substance from our politicians, who should be focusing on the real issues instead of scoring political points with their supporters.
Where does politician come from?
The first records of the word politician come from the late 1500s. It ultimately derives from the Greek polītikós, which means “civil” and is related to the Greek polī́t(ēs), “citizen.” The suffix –ian is used in words that refer to a person who works in a specific field, such as historian and electrician.
Being a politician involves getting elected, and getting elected requires convincing a lot of people to vote for you. This means that politicians often try to avoid doing or saying things that will alienate any large group of people who are likely to vote for them. For that reason, politicians are known for avoiding strong stances on issues in order to continue trying to earn the support of as many people as possible.
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.
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The literal sense of politician can be used neutrally or in a negative way. The figurative sense of politician is often used negatively.
The future is the sum of the changes we demand, the courage we display, and how we stand with and for each other.
— Faith In Minnesota (@minnesota_faith) October 20, 2020
Here’s a word that I’ll be mentioning a lot in months to come:
Politicians in democratic governments are accountable for their actions —whether they want to be or not.
If they’re not held accountable, corruption follows.
Let’s see what’s to come.
— Joanne Freeman (@jbf1755) October 19, 2020
Why doesn't Phil Spencer just say that Bethesda games won't be on PS5 instead of being all wishy washy about it?
I like him but he's such a politician.
— 🔸️ Nicola 🔸️ (@Nick_Marseil) October 16, 2020
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Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of politician?
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Example sentences from the Web for politician
Scientists and politicians began this pandemic with almost no data on this coronavirus.Coronavirus Models Were Always About More Than Flattening The Curve|Maggie Koerth (email@example.com)|September 10, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In packing, politicians cram voters from the opposing party into just a few districts, securing the remaining districts for their own party.How next-gen computer generated maps detect partisan gerrymandering|Sujata Gupta|September 7, 2020|Science News
Under the new measures, Facebook says it will prohibit politicians and campaigns from running new election ads in the week before the election.
So, we don’t need to wait to change the actual rules of the game to deliver politicians to office who can act independently of the existing political-industrial complex.
Maybe riots made it easier for politicians like Nixon to tap into existing racial resentment that enables punitive policies against minority communities.Violent protests against police brutality in the ’60s and ’90s changed public opinion|German Lopez|August 28, 2020|Vox
They are model citizens, the kind of people whose lives might be used as exemplary stories by a politician in a stump speech.
He reiterated the statements “I am not a politician” and “I am not a political advisor” so often that it seemed like a verbal tic.
“François Hollande never said a word out of line to me or behaved inappropriately with me—unlike many a politician,” she writes.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A politician or pundit screws up on one, and is made fun of on the other.
You would not know it by listening to cable news pundits, and no politician will ever admit it.
The saloon-keeper develops into the legislator, and wears the broadcloth and high hat of the politician.That Fortune|Charles Dudley Warner
A statesman and not a politician, he soon abandoned political life for the more congenial one of a medical teacher.
Since it spared him so many voters, the politician ought to have been grateful for this; but he was not.The Battle with the Slum|Jacob A. Riis.
They perplexed him as a politician intent upon order, and they afflicted him sorely as an ardent disciple of the Savoyard Vicar.Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)|John Morley
We often deceive ourselves, gentlemen, and especially in our knowledge of so great a politician as this.Cinq Mars, Complete|Alfred de Vigny