noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

Nearby words

  1. politicize,
  2. politick,
  3. politicking,
  4. politico,
  5. politico-,
  6. politics makes strange bedfellows,
  7. polity,
  8. politzer bag,
  9. politzerization,
  10. poliziano, angelo


    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.

Origin of politics

First recorded in 1520–30; see origin at politic, -ics

Related formsan·ti·pol·i·tics, adjectivepro·pol·i·tics, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for politics



(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
(functioning as singular) the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp those relationships involving authority or power
(functioning as plural) political activities or affairsparty politics
(functioning as singular) the business or profession of politics
(functioning as singular or plural) any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one's own ends, etccompany politics are frequently vicious
(functioning as plural) opinions, principles, sympathies, etc, with respect to politicshis conservative politics
(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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Word Origin and History for politics


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Idioms and Phrases with politics


see play politics.

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