politic

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós), from πολίτης (polítēs, citizen). Cognate with German politisch (political).

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politic (comparative more politic, superlative most politic)

  1. (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
  2. (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
  3. (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
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act V, scene iv:
      I have been politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy
  4. Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
  5. Discreet and diplomatic.
  6. Artful, crafty or cunning.

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Noun[edit]

politic (plural politics)

  1. (archaic) A politician.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • 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.

Verb[edit]

politic (third-person singular simple present politics, present participle politicking, simple past and past participle politicked)

  1. To engage in political activity; politick.
    • 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, 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.

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Adjective[edit]

politic (comparative plus politic, superlative le plus politic)

  1. political

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politic m pl

  1. plural of politich