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From Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós), from πολίτης (polítēs, citizen).



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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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.



politic (comparative plus politic, superlative le plus politic)

  1. political



politic m pl

  1. plural of politich