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politic +‎ -ian


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒl.ɪ.tɪʃ.ən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /pɑl.ɪˈtɪʃ.ən/
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politician (plural politicians)

  1. One engaged in politics, especially an elected or appointed government official.
    Politicians should serve the country's interest.
    • 2013 August 31, “The Satirical Verses”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8851:
      It is not just politicians who find aspects of the explosion in satire unwelcome. Thanks to the internet, professional purveyors of the stuff face a lot more competition. For once, the joke is at their expense. A niche craft practised by a talented few has turned into a globally popular hobby, and what was once considered audacious commentary is now mainstream.
  2. Specifically, one who regards elected political office as a career.
    Unlike the other candidates, I'm not a politician.
    • 1996, Tom Clancy, Executive Orders, →ISBN, page 438:
      I never wanted to be one, and as far as I'm concerned, I'm not a politician now. Am I the best man for this job? Probably not. I am, however, the President of the United States, []
  3. A politically active or interested person.
    Only real politicians are interested in this issue.
    • 1863, “The Fountain Kloof”, in The Sunday at Home, page 211:
      You used to be such a politician. Do you remember the debates we held in Fitzroy's rooms?
  4. A sly or ingratiating person.
    There is a politician in every office.
    • 1969, David E. Sanford, My Village, My World, page 90:
      Mrs. Dimitriou blushed at the compliment. "Antonios, you are such a politician," her husband chuckled.




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From French politicien


politician m (plural politicieni)

  1. politician