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Meaning of politics by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈpɒl.ɪ.tɪks/


    From the adjective politic, by analogy with Aristotle’s "τα πολιτικά" ( 'affairs of state' ) .


    politics ( countable and uncountable; plural: politics )

    1. ( countable ) A methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.
    2. The profession of conducting political affairs .
      He made a career out of politics .
    3. ( countable ) One's political stands and opinions .
      Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars .
    4. ( uncountable ) Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict .
      There's too much politics in this organization .

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    External links

    • politics in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • politics in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of politics by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs

    2. the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government

    3. unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years
      government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics
    4. the study of government of states and other political units

    5. the opinion you hold with respect to political questions

    6. social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power

    7. office politics is often counterproductive

    Definition of politics by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Politics n. [Cf. F. politique, Gr. ( sc. ). See Politic.]
      1. The science of government; that part of ethics which has to do with the regulation and government of a nation or state, the preservation of its safety, peace, and prosperity, the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals.

      2. The management of a political party; the conduct and contests of parties with reference to political measures or the administration of public affairs; the advancement of candidates to office; in a bad sense, artful or dishonest management to secure the success of political candidates or parties; political trickery.

      When we say that two men are talking politics, we often mean that they are wrangling about some mere party question. F. W. Robertson.