the science or art of government.
the practice or profession of conducting affairs.
The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics.
methods or maneuvers:
We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill.
principles or opinions:
We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair.
use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.
(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.
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.
(functioning as sing) 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 sing) the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp those relationships involving authority or power
(functioning as pl) political activities or affairs: party politics
(functioning as sing) the business or profession of politics
(functioning as singular or pl) any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one’s own ends, etc: company politics are frequently vicious
(functioning as pl) opinions, principles, sympathies, etc, with respect to politics: his conservative politics
(functioning as pl)
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
regarded with favor, approval, or affection by people in general: a popular preacher. regarded with favor, approval, or affection by an acquaintance or acquaintances: He’s not very popular with me just now. of, relating to, or representing the people, especially the common people: popular discontent. of the people as a whole, especially of all citizens […]
the political philosophy of the People’s party. (lowercase) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies. (lowercase) grass-roots democracy; working-class activism; egalitarianism. (lowercase) representation or extolling of the common person, the […]
favoring or advocating , change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: a progressive mayor. making toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community. characterized by such , or by continuous improvement. (initial capital […]
the act of . the legal of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks for common consumption. (often initial capital letter) the period (1920–33) when the Eighteenth Amendment was in force and alcoholic beverages could not legally be manufactured, transported, or sold in the U.S. a law or decree that forbids. Historical Examples Grady would […]