body politic


Definition of body politic 

1 : a group of persons politically organized under a single governmental authority

2 archaic : corporation sense 2

3 : a people considered as a collective unit

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To this end, Ms. hooks outlines a political agenda derived from a comprehensive moral code governing the home and body politic. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "A Prophet for the ‘Social Justice’ Movement," 20 Sep. 2018 Kind of, what does the government have to say about Facebook and Twitter, and how are these companies affecting the way that our body politic operates? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?," 6 Sep. 2018 Like previous rounds of political speech designed to stoke tensions within the American body politic, these items also targeted users in the United Kingdom, Latin America, and the Middle East. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook: Iran has been posting hundreds of fake pages since 2011," 22 Aug. 2018 That included the idea that the president has some sort of broader responsibility to the body politic on morality. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "ABC just took a moral stand on Roseanne. Spoiler alert: Donald Trump won't.," 29 May 2018 And there are equally strong counterarguments about the corruption Roe and Casey continue to inflict on the body politic. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 The body politic should not be charged with writing and interpreting the rules by which they are governed. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council invites in sunshine after some argument against it," 21 June 2018 Just as the body politic put that person there in the first place. Fox News, "Sebastian Gorka: Gina Haspel is a patriot," 11 May 2018 And the other pieces are the kind of numbing 3 a.m. questions that our body politic is not at all equipped to handle. Will Bunch,, "Suicide, drugs, despair: America's biggest crisis is the one we don't talk about | Will Bunch," 14 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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