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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n politics the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
    • n politics the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government "unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years","government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics"
    • n politics the study of government of states and other political units
    • n politics the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
    • n politics social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power "office politics is often counterproductive"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas
    • Politics The management of a political party; the conduct and contests of parties with reference to political measures or the administration of public affairs; the advancement of candidates to office; in a bad sense, artful or dishonest management to secure the success of political candidates or parties; political trickery. "When we say that two men are talking politics, we often mean that they are wrangling about some mere party question."
    • Politics The science of government; that part of ethics which has to do with the regulation and government of a nation or state, the preservation of its safety, peace, and prosperity, the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.
    • n politics The science or practice of government; the regulation and government of a nation or state for the preservation of its safety, peace, and prosperity. Politics, in its widest extent, is both the science and the art of government, or the science whose subject is the regulation of man in all his relations as the member of a state, and the application of this science. In other words, it is the theory and practice of obtaining the ends of civil society as perfectly as possible. The subjects which political science comprises have been arranged under the following heads: natural law; abstract politics—that is, the object or end of a state, and the relations between it and individual citizens; political economy; the science of police, or municipal regulation; practical politics, or the conduct of the immediate public affairs of a state; history of politics; history of the political systems of foreign states; statistics; positive law relating to state affairs, commonly called constitutional law; (10) practical law of nations; (11) diplomacy; (12) the technical science of politics, or an acquaintance with the forms and style of public business in different countries.
    • n politics In a narrower and more usual sense the art or vocation of guiding or influencing the policy of a government through the organization of a party among its citizens—including, therefore, not only the ethics of government, but more especially, and often to the exclusion of ethical principles, the art of influencing public opinion, attracting and marshaling voters, and obtaining and distributing public patronage, so far as the possession of offices may depend upon the political opinions or political services of individuals; hence, in an evil sense, the schemes and intrigues of political parties, or of cliques or individual politicians: as, the newspapers were full of politics.
    • n politics Political opinions; party connection or preference.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Britain’s House of Commons, the government and opposition sides of the House are separated by two red lines. The distance between the lines is two swords’ lengths, a reminder of just how seriously the Brits used to take their politics.
    • n.sing Politics the art or science of government: the management of a political party: political affairs or opinions
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  • Jean Rostand
    “In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “We mean by politics the people's business -- the most important business there is.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”
  • William Howard Taft
    William Howard Taft
    “Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph.”
  • Alexis De Tocqueville
    “In politics... shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.”


Body politic - A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
Dog-whistle politics - (AU) When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
Politically correct - Things or people that are politically correct use language that will not cause offence.
Wedge politics - (USA) In wedge politics, one party uses an issue that they hope will divide members of a different party to create conflict and weaken it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. politique, Gr. (sc.). See Politic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.


In literature:

He had thought nothing politically, he had felt nothing politically.
"The Mirrors of Washington" by Anonymous
I had been asked very politely if I would be of the detachment for the sacks or of some other.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
O Lord, smoke the politics to MD!
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
It surprised me rather; I shouldn't have thought he was the kind of fellow to go in for politics.
"Denzil Quarrier" by George Gissing
The worship is the more politically important because it is the worship of the political superior for the political inferior.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
In the later life of the family, they preferred the provincial state of splendid squires to Court and political honours.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Mr. White was always a Democrat in politics, and Chilton followed his father.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
At other times, they finance political activities of political parties.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
I shall continue in public life; but, so far as political responsibility is concerned, I would rather wait.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Sam Bugg knew his political catechism well.
"Marse Henry, Complete" by Henry Watterson
She smiled to be polite to the Lorilleuxs.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
Nay, don't start, my dear fellow, and look the very Prosopopeia of Political Economy!
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
How far is a similar change possible in politics?
"Human Nature In Politics" by Graham Wallas
His scholarship was to him as practical as his politics, and his politics as ethical as his faith.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The social struggle is political, the political struggle is social.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth
In politics he was a Conservative, but took no prominent part in local affairs.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2" by Charles Mackie
The solution of all political problems depends on political sagacity illumined with altruism.
"Lincoln, the Politician" by T. Aaron Levy
The Imperial Government never attempted to interfere with the development of our federal politics.
"England, Canada and the Great War" by Louis-Georges Desjardins
Their geographical, political, and commercial relations were with Charcas, Potosi, and Lima.
"The South American Republics Part I of II" by Thomas C. Dawson
It was a new political lesson which I took to heart, though still regarding it as in no sense my personal affair.
"Secret History of the English Occupation of Egypt" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

In poetry:

Make me no grave within that quiet place
Where friends shall sadly view the grassy mound,
Politely solemn for a little space,
As though the spirit slept beneath the ground.
"Make Me No Grave" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
To see one who thinks so poorly
Of herself, and with such lightness
Owns she comes to speak with me,
Rather would appear to be
Want of sense than of politeness.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The world of politics abroad he scanned
With eagle glance, that would not quail or pause;
Woe to the despot! whose unholy hand
Had touched the ark of British rights and laws.
"Elegiac Verses On The Death of Lord Palmerston" by Janet Hamilton
If it is true, what the Prophets write,
That the heathen gods are all stocks and stones,
Shall we, for the sake of being polite,
Feed them with the juice of our marrow-bones?
"If It Is True What the Prophets Write" by William Blake
Presently, going off early to labor,--
Bowing politely, as neighbor to neighbor,
When he caught sight of this little old woman,--
Sailed by a honey-bee, serge-clad and common.
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates
Nay, Mr. Simpson!--'Tis not kind--polite--
To shut me out, sir?--I'm in such a fright!--
I can not speak the lines, I'm sure!--Oh, fie!
To say I must!--but if I must--I'll try!
"Address For The Benefit Of James Sheridan Knowles." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Wednesday's Topical Currents is with NYU political science professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, co-author of The Dictator 's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics.
We all have heard the admonishment that polite people never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table .
We all have heard the admonishment that polite people never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table.
Political dirty tricks in America are as old as American politics.
A letter to the editor two weeks ago stated eloquently the case for politeness in our political debate.
I recently responded to another political "hate e-mail," referring the sender to a nonpartisan resource that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in politics.
Incumbent Commissioner Frank Mann, a political institution in Southwest Florida, is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Shawn Miller in the race for Lee County Commission District 5.
"The two sides in the political divide in Lebanon are also taking sides in the Syrian conflict," said Hilal Khashan, a political science professor at the American University of Beirut.
The German Federal Press Office deploys the Dimetis BOSS STREAM Recorder® for the documentation of regular news, political magazines and other current politically relevant television programs.
EDITORIAL Kay Vasilyeva, a member of the San Francisco Women's Political Caucus, has come forward with the allegation that District Five candidate Julian Davis grabbed her and put his hand down her pants at a political bar crawl in 2006.
When politics and common sense face off — politics always wins out.
Will Durst is a political satirist the political comedian for people who hate politics.
Political gains among women, youth, and minorities will help shape the political conversation.
Gov David Paterson's political career began in Harlem, and as he faces the politically thorny task of governing as a lame duck, neighborhood residents Sunday urged him to make the most of his remaining days in office.
30 The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Latin America, a conference on the political economy of tax reform in Latin America with Cynthia Arnson, Woodrow Wilson Center.

In science:

Los Casta˜nos), 31008 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain cUniversitat Polit`ecnica de Catalunya, Dept.
Tensile material properties of human rib cortical bone under quasi-static and dynamic failure loading and influence of the bone microstucture on failure characteristics
This paper does not propose to engage in political ideology but recognizes that the rule of law exists in all societies that are considered successful.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Statistics : A Guide to Political and Social Issues 141 pp.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
Ignacio Santamar´ıa (M’96-SM’05) received his Telecommunication Engineer Degree and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Universidad Polit ´ecnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 1991 and 1995, respectively.
Locally Most Powerful Invariant Tests for Correlation and Sphericity of Gaussian Vectors
His models are an interesting reflection of political behavior, which are hierarchical mixed population models, denoted here HMPM.
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
Fogdal, “Industrial evaluation of pairwise spl testing with moso-polite,” in VaMoS, U. W.
Bypassing the Combinatorial Explosion: Using Similarity to Generate and Prioritize T-wise Test Suites for Large Software Product Lines
Jeff Nico presented the latest update from the Russian-American Gallium Experiment, which retains the acronym SAGE despite the departure of “Soviet” from the political vocabulary.
Summary of Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics Sessions
Our probes of nuclear collisions are probably at least as polite, and so you should never ask them if they found the QGP; it appears they’ll always say that they did.
QCD & QGP: A Summary
Alas, this was not to be, and when LAGEOS II was launched in 1992, geophysical and political criteria dictated I = 53o .
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation
Though it is politically difficult to get reduced energy running time when one is searching for new physics, I suspect we may want to do something like this once again in the next run.
Tests of Perturbative QCD and Jet Physics
The matter of copernicanism has been usually presented as a political issue.
Dream of a Christmas lecture
Categorical information (Kcategory ) Kcategory uses category information such as whether or not the document appears on the economic or political pages.
CRL at Ntcir2
Alexander has underscored the political and programmatic importance of such efforts in these pages.
Does the Lunar Surface Still Offer Value As a Site for Astronomical Observatories?
Yet the progressives, who, like most of Britain, oppose the war, also want me to remove the sign and the other so-called political aspects.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
With reason on both points, they point out that such prudence will make it harder for the conservatives to scupper the course and also might make people take my political message more seriously.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days