noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
- 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.
- to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement.
Origin of politics
Related Words for politicsgovernment, campaigning, legislature, electioneering, zoo, polity, jungle, statecraft, civics, backroom
Examples from the Web for politics
Contemporary Examples of politics
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.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
January 6, 2015
Liberal Democrats like to blow their bugles about how all the big money in politics comes from rich Republicans.The 100 Rich People Who Run America
January 5, 2015
I believe in the power of institutions—Congress, public policy, certain ideas about politics—that last for a long time.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of politics
He who gives his mind to politics, sails on a stormy sea, with a giddy pilot.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Politics, for example, would be less entertaining without it.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Judged by the discussions of to-day, what advance has in politics been effected?'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
Of course, in times of peace, they may facilitate the common business of politics.
He has been the very madman of politics from the point of view of Mr. Worldly Wiseman.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal
- the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military
1520s, "science of government," from politic (adj.), modeled on Aristotle's ta politika "affairs of state," the name of his book on governing and governments, which was in English mid-15c. as "Polettiques." Also see -ics.
Politicks is the science of good sense, applied to public affairs, and, as those are forever changing, what is wisdom to-day would be folly and perhaps, ruin to-morrow. Politicks is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men's view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed. [Fisher Ames (1758-1808)]
Meaning "a person's political allegiances or opinions" is from 1769.
see play politics.