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

: activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government

: the work or job of people (such as elected officials) who are part of a government

: the opinions that someone has about what should be done by governments : a person's political thoughts and opinions

Full Definition of POLITICS

a :  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
:  political actions, practices, or policies
a :  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
:  the political opinions or sympathies of a person
a :  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 <office politics> <ethnic politics>

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


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