Politics *a brief description*

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Politics *a brief description*

by April Foulks (Notes) on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:08am

Politics *a brief description*


[ póllətiks ]


1. activities associated with government: the theory and practice of government, especially the activities associated with governing, with obtaining legislative or executive power, or with forming and running organizations connected with government ( takes a singular verb )

2. political life: political activity as a profession ( takes a singular verb )

“left the law to enter politics”

3. power relationships in specific field: the interrelationships between the people, groups, or organizations in a particular area of life especially insofar as they involve power and influence or conflict ( takes a singular or plural verb ) “the politics of education”

4. calculated advancement: the use of tactics and strategy to gain power in a group or organization ( takes a singular or plural verb )

5. Same as  political science ( takes a singular verb )


1. political beliefs: political persuasions or beliefs ( takes a plural verb )



Synonyms: government, political affairs, affairs of state, policy, policymaking, legislation

Synonyms: beliefs, principles, opinions, views, theory, philosophy, dogma

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Encarta® World English Dictionary[North American Edition] © & (P) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.


noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈpä-lə-ˌtiks\

Definition of POLITICS

1a : the art or science of government

b : the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy

c : the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government

2: political actions, practices, or policies

3a : political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)

b : political life especially as a principal activity or profession

c : political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices

4: the political opinions or sympathies of a person

5a : the total complex of relations between people living in society

b : relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view

Origin of POLITICS

Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political

First Known Use: circa 1529

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

Rhymes with POLITICS

antefix, cicatrix, crucifix, eighty-six, intermix, six-o-six, superfix


and of course WIKI who has a large amount of information on the subject.

Etymology: European Parliament

The word politics comes from the Greek word Πολιτικά (politika), modeled on Aristotle’s “affairs of the city”, the name of his book on governing and governments, which was rendered in English in the mid-15th century as Latinized “Polettiques”.[2] Thus it became “politics” in Middle English c. 1520s (see the Concise Oxford Dictionary). The singular politic first attested in English 1430 and comes from Middle French politique, in turn from Latin politicus,[3] which is the latinisation of the Greek πολιτικός (politikos), meaning amongst others “of, for, or relating to citizens”, “civil”, “civic”, “belonging to the state”,[4] in turn from πολίτης (polites), “citizen”[5] and that from πόλις (polis), “city”.[6]

You can read the whole thing here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics


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