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See also: polític


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



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
  4. Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
  5. Discreet and diplomatic.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 3, page 25:
      A unanimous exclamation called upon Evelyn himself to speak; and, after a minute's politic pause, he went on to state his plan.
    • 1915, T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, in Prufrock and Other Observations, published 1917:
      Deferential, glad to be of use, / Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
  6. Artful, crafty or cunning.


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politic (plural politics)

  1. (archaic) A politician.
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, OCLC 863521290:
      to speake truly of politikes & Statesmen
    • 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, Plato: The Republic Chapter III
      And therefore our politic Asclepius may be supposed to have exhibited the power of his art only to persons who... had a definite ailment.


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.



politic (comparative plus politic, superlative le plus politic)

  1. political



politic m pl

  1. plural of politich



From Latin polīticus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós).


politic m (feminine singular politica, masculine plural politics, feminine plural politicas)

  1. political

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From Latin politicus or French politique.


politic m or n (feminine singular politică, masculine plural politici, feminine and neuter plural politice)

  1. political