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See also: polític
- politick (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɒlətɪk/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɑlətɪk/
- (archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.
- the body politic
- 1593, Sir Philip Sidney, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia:
- […] he with his people made all but one politic body whereof himself was the head
- (archaic, of things) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong.
- a politic treaty
- c. 1593 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- For then this land was famously enrich'd / With politic grave counsel
- (archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious
- The conquerors often had to rest content with merely subduing them. In such cases the victor often found it politic to recognize and worship the god of the vanquished.
- Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
- Discreet and diplomatic.
- Artful, crafty or cunning.
politic (plural politics)
- (archaic) A politician.
- 1848, James Russell Lowell, The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell, Epigrams, 3:
- Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a lantern; / Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his feet by the stars.
- 1871, Benjamin Jowett, chapter III, in Plato: The Republic:
- And therefore our politic Asclepius may be supposed to have exhibited the power of his art only to persons who... had a definite ailment.
- To engage in political activity.
- 2002, Dana Stabenow, A Fine and Bitter Snow, →ISBN, page 206:
- That why you turned the Kanuyaq Land Trust into the IRS for using donations to politic instead of to buy land?
- 2009 February 4, “How to Fill a Senate Seat”, in New York Times:
- Residents of New York, Illinois and now New Hampshire have watched as their governors waffled, politicked and, in the case of Illinois, possibly broke the law carrying out their duties to appoint a new senator.
- 2009, Scott N. Brooks, Black Men Can't Shoot, →ISBN, page 169:
- His brother [Anthony], he politicked him so well, that even his [Jason's] attitude, all the scouts got away from [forgot about] his [bad] attitude because he was a good player.
- 2017, John Hayman, Bitter Harvest: Richmond Flowers and the Civil Rights Revolution, →ISBN:
- He made errors, and they should have reversed him, but he politicked the thing through.
politic m pl
- plural of
Declension of politic