body politic


Definition of body politic

1 : a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority
3 : a people considered as a collective unit

Examples of body politic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Le Carré saw literature — his literature — as a way to perhaps goad a lethargic body politic to action. Scott Martelle, Los Angeles Times, "John le Carré, the spy who became the preeminent espionage novelist, dies at 89," 13 Dec. 2020 The president-elect should know that the right kind of Covid-19 messaging could heal the body politic in more ways than one. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, "Simply Talking About the Pandemic the Right Way Can Help Rebuild American Democracy," 24 Dec. 2020 As the infection of our body politic began trumping the risk of infection to our bodies, a man on a park bench offered me a mask. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "How Home Design Kept Me Sane in Lockdown This Year," 14 Dec. 2020 Society’s component parts — the head, hands, legs of the body politic — play distinct roles, some of which may command higher status, but the smooth functioning of the whole hinges on some level of equity and cooperation between them. Jorge González-gallarza Hernández, National Review, "David Goodhart, Up from the Cognitive Meritocracy," 6 Dec. 2020 The claims are a slow-acting poison that can cripple the body politic. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham start to adjust to the reality of a Biden presidency," 23 Nov. 2020 After all, our body politic has been thrown into unceasing electoral spasms since Tuesday. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "If Detroit Lions coaches were on a political campaign, would they be re-elected?," 7 Nov. 2020 After a tumultuous election in the midst of a tragic year, the diagnosis is devastatingly clear: our body politic is sick. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: The insidious virus of xenophobia may never be eradicated. No politician we elect has the vaccine.," 4 Nov. 2020 Today, evangelicals in particular have brought sectarian concerns into the body politic, proposing to define national morality, taking sides in the Middle East, and strongly supporting the Republican Party. Arkansas Online, "Upside down," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of body politic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Body politic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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body politic

body pol·​i·​tic | \ -ˈpä-lə-tik \
plural bodies politic

Legal Definition of body politic

: a group of individuals organized under a single governmental authority

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