Origin of realpolitik
Related formsre·al·po·li·tik·er [rey-ahl-poh-lee-ti-ker, ree-] /reɪˈɑl poʊˌli tɪ kər, ri-/, noun
Examples from the Web for realpolitik
The rhetoric has been harsh, but given the realpolitik of East African foreign policy, the actions have been decidedly mixed.
And these odds were often set by realpolitik, rather than a moral compass.
Is it the realpolitik that in this era of uncertainty works to build alliances with friends rather than burning them on every end?
Trying to build a one-state reality in the name of “inalienable rights and realpolitik” is treacherously dishonest.
Once in power ideological purity does have to make some room for realpolitik, but realpolitik is not moderation.
This, of course, does not tend to enhance the realpolitik instincts of the nation.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
The Hohenzollerns were supposed to be the unsurpassed practitioners of Realpolitik.German Problems and Personalities|Charles Sarolea
Napoleon's speech about English "Realpolitik" would prove an unprecedented success.
As it was, Realpolitik counselled prudence, and the observance of the forms of Christianity.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)|John Holland Rose
In the second half of the nineteenth century Macchiavellism received the name of practical policy (Realpolitik).Morals and the Evolution of Man|Max Simon Nordau
British Dictionary definitions for realpolitik
Word Origin for realpolitik
Culture definitions for realpolitik
Governmental policies based on hard, practical considerations rather than on moral or idealistic concerns. Realpolitik is German for “the politics of reality” and is often applied to the policies of nations that consider only their own interests in dealing with other countries.