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 In his third collection, Rodríguez (a Mexican immigrant and a professor at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley) turns a coroner’s eye to the American body politic. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Poetry From James Tate, Jana Prikryl and More," 20 Aug. 2019 Williamson harnessed something from the body politic that evening, whether love is the best term for it. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Marianne Williamson’s fans made her the ‘orb queen’ of the 2020 campaign," 30 July 2019 Bipartisan congressional breakdown means that the American body politic can’t adequately respond to real challenges. David French, National Review, "Another Judge Blocks Trump, and the Immigration Stalemate Drags On," 26 July 2019 It was planted in fertile soil, because the contradictions that have shadowed this country since its founding remain a part of our body politic. Philip Elliott, Time, "The Democratic Candidates Drew a Sharp Contrast With Trump's Response to Shootings," 7 Aug. 2019 The framers wanted the body politic to decide on whether or not to remove one branch of government. Fox News, "Sebastian Gorka: Gina Haspel is a patriot," 11 May 2018 In 1911 Boas completed a major study examining the effects of immigration on the American body politic. Charles King, Washington Post, "The anthropologists who upended the ‘science’ of white supremacy," 2 Aug. 2019 Those angry loner white boys with guns, this time in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, have again erupted on the body politic. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: Weaponizing the dead of El Paso and Dayton," 9 Aug. 2019 Rusty Reno, the editor of the religious-conservative journal First Things, praised nationalism for making us reach beyond clan and kin to look after the well-being of the entire body politic. Ramesh Ponnuru, The Denver Post, "Ponnuru: Smart conservatives give nationalism a good name, and a bad one," 16 July 2019

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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

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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