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See also: polític
- politick (obsolete)
- (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, 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 606515358, [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
- Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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 m pl
- plural of
Declension of politic