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[ pol-i-tiks ]


, (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. the science or art of political government.
  2. the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.
  3. political affairs:

    The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics.

  4. political methods or maneuvers:

    We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill.

  5. political principles or opinions:

    We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair.

  6. use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.
  7. (initial capital letter, italics) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with the structure, organization, and administration of the state, especially the city-state as known in ancient Greece.


/ ˈpɒlɪtɪks /


  1. functioning as singular the practice or study of the art and science of forming, directing, and administrating states and other political units; the art and science of government; political science
  2. functioning as singular the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp those relationships involving authority or power
  3. functioning as plural political activities or affairs

    party politics

  4. functioning as singular the business or profession of politics
  5. functioning as singular or plural any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one's own ends, etc

    company politics are frequently vicious

  6. functioning as plural opinions, principles, sympathies, etc, with respect to politics

    his conservative politics

  7. functioning as plural
    1. the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal
    2. the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military

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Other Words From

  • anti·poli·tics adjective
  • pro·poli·tics adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of politics1

First recorded in 1520–30; politic, -ics

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. play politics,
    1. 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.
    2. to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.

More idioms and phrases containing politics

see play politics .

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Example Sentences

“Overall, we have seen news and politics pods hold their place in the charts post-election and post-inauguration,” said Dave Zohrob, the founder and CEO of Chartable, a podcast analytics service.

From Digiday

John Drescher is a national politics editor at The Washington Post.

Oh, and a politics podcast in which the three hosts place bets with their own money on political outcomes via PredictIt.

From Ozy

In Japan, politics is a family affair, with parliamentary electoral machines handed down from one generation to the next.

From Fortune

So, you came to the conclusion that politics is an industry, much like many of the other industries that you’ve been studying over your career.

In the meantime, he should just accept that the holdup has nothing to do with his politics.

Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling says his politics are keeping him out of Cooperstown.

But he added that the tactic ensured all “relevant” topics in the world of politics were back to the world of Paul.

Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.

Whatever frustrations or disappointments he felt about politics never surfaced.

A desultory conversation on politics, in which neither took the slightest interest, was a safe neutral ground.

It was her delight to mingle politics and chivalric devotion, in their long conferences.

Then he suddenly went in for politics and announced himself an uncompromising Liberal.

She liked him less than ever, nevertheless wished that he were her brother and the rising star in American politics.

Deeply as they disapproved of his politics, they respected his independence and were inordinately proud of him.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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