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

Examples of body politic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a quick reality check on the body politic: Chester Doles is running for office. Chris Joyner, ajc, 3 Dec. 2021 Even if there were a vaccine for the division, distrust and hatred that now infects our body politic and national character, millions would refuse it. Phillip Halpern, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 While Joe McCarthy was long gone by the early 1960s, his legacy only spread further within the actual American body politic. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2021 And despair by the body politic, whose common sense is at odds with the anxious conformity of those in power. Kevin Warsh, WSJ, 12 Dec. 2021 Here Lee drove one last punch into the rib cage of the radical body politic. Randal Doane, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 To heal our ailing body politic, Dr. Weintrobe, too, prescribes Scandinavian-style democratic socialism. Liza Featherstone, The New Republic, 15 Nov. 2021 Higher education was in trouble before the pandemic; Covid provided the unexpected receding tide that exposed our naked academic body politic. Ann Kirschner, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 In the national body politic, the 2015 nuclear deal was hotly contested. Gabriel Scheinmann, National Review, 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of body politic

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jan 2022

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“Body politic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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