Definitions for politicsˈpɒl ɪ tɪks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pol•i•tics*ˈpɒl ɪ tɪks(n.)

  1. the science or art of political government.

    Category: Government

  2. the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.

    Category: Government

  3. political affairs.

    Category: Government

  4. political methods or maneuvers.

    Category: Government

  5. political principles or opinions.

    Category: Government

  6. the use of strategy or intrigue in obtaining power, control, or status.

    Category: Government

Idioms for politics:

  1. play politics, to engage in political intrigue. to deal with people in an opportunistic or manipulative way, as for job advancement.

    Category: Government, Idiom

* (used with a sing. or pl. v.).

Origin of politics:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. politics, political relation(noun)

    social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power

    "office politics is often counterproductive"

  2. politics, political science, government(noun)

    the study of government of states and other political units

  3. politics(noun)

    the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs

  4. politics, political sympathies(noun)

    the opinion you hold with respect to political questions

  5. politics(noun)

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

    "unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years"; "government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. politics(noun)ˈpɒl ɪ tɪks

    the affairs relating to the governing of a country, region, city, etc.

    national/local politics

  2. politicsˈpɒl ɪ tɪks

    a job connected with the governing of a country or area

    attempts to persuade more young people to enter politics

  3. politicsˈpɒl ɪ tɪks

    sb's beliefs about how a country should be governed

    his radical politics

  4. politicsˈpɒl ɪ tɪks

    the things people in an organization do or say in order to become more successful or powerful

    I try not to get involved in office politics.


  1. politics(Noun)

    A methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.

  2. politics(Noun)

    The profession of conducting political affairs.

    He made a career out of politics.

  3. politics(Noun)

    One's political stands and opinions.

    Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars.

  4. politics(Noun)

    Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict.

    There's too much politics in this organization.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Politics(noun)

    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. Politics(noun)

    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


  1. Politics

    Politics is the art or science of influencing other people on a civic or individual level. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organized control over a human community, particularly a state. A variety of methods is employed in politics, which include promoting its own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to international level. A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a given society. History of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Politics and opus of Confucius. Modern political discourse focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and politics. It is thought of as the way we "choose government officials and make decisions about public policy".

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Politics

    Activities concerned with governmental policies, functions, etc.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'politics' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1355

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'politics' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2716

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'politics' in Nouns Frequency: #632

Translations for politics

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

politics(noun singular or plural)

the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.

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