[ puh-lit-uh-sahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to bring a political character or flavor to; make political:

    to politicize a private dispute.

verb (used without object)

, po·lit·i·cized, po·lit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to engage in or discuss politics.


/ pəˈlɪtɪˌsaɪz /


  1. tr to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
  2. intr to participate in political discussion or activity

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Derived Forms

  • poˌliticiˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • po·liti·ci·zation noun
  • depo·liti·ci·zation noun
  • depo·liti·cize verb (used with object) depoliticized depoliticizing
  • nonpo·liti·ci·zation noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of politicize1

First recorded in 1750–60; politic(al) + -ize

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Example Sentences

The fact that this has been politicized to such a degree—it feels impossible to untangle.

Stewart Halpern, vice chair of the oversight committee, said the conversation on the new plan has been politicized, leading to undue focus on the list of unbuilt projects.

Only then did conservatives complain about the show, or at least the actors’ politicizing the theater.

It sets a troubling precedent and risks further politicizing our forces.

From Time

Yet mask-wearing has been politicized during most of the pandemic in the US and some other countries, and the choice to keep masking is becoming equally politically fraught.

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This is, of course, met by the pro-gun forces urging people not to politicize a tragedy.

The president himself has also accused Republicans of trying to politicize a national tragedy.

“Mitch made it very clear to me from the beginning that he does not politicize issues of national security,” Benton wrote.

And when the temptation to politicize or otherwise exploit the situation becomes irresistible, at least try to be subtle.

Democrats have countered that Republicans and Mitt Romney have attempted to politicize a national tragedy.