- a person who is active in party politics.
- a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.
- a person who holds a political office.
- a person skilled in political government or administration; statesman or stateswoman.
- an expert in politics or political government.
- a person who seeks to gain power or advancement within an organization in ways that are generally disapproved.
Origin of politician
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4. Politician, statesman refer to one skilled in politics. These terms differ particularly in their connotations; politician is more often derogatory, and statesman laudatory. Politician suggests the schemes and devices of a person who engages in (especially small) politics for party ends or for one's own advantage: a dishonest politician. Statesman suggests the eminent ability, foresight, and unselfish patriotic devotion of a person dealing with (especially important or great) affairs of state: a distinguished statesman.
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Examples from the Web for politician
They are model citizens, the kind of people whose lives might be used as exemplary stories by a politician in a stump speech.The 2014 Novel of the Year
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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.Obamacare Architect: I Wanted to Sound Smart
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“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
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A politician or pundit screws up on one, and is made fun of on the other.Wanted: Less Terrible Political Coverage on TV
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Mr. John Lambert was a millionnaire, a politician, and a widower.Malbone
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She was, besides being a gamester and a politician—what do you think?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The politician for whom the voter had voted got in by five hundred and fifty-five votes.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
The politician solemnly pointed downwards with his forefinger.
His name was Fleming, and he claimed to be a New York politician.
- a person actively engaged in politics, esp a full-time professional member of a deliberative assembly
- a person who is experienced or skilled in the art or science of politics, government, or administration; statesman
- derogatory, mainly US a person who engages in politics out of a wish for personal gain, as realized by holding a public office
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Word Origin and History for politician
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