impolitic

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adjective im·pol·i·tic \(ˌ)im-ˈpä-lə-ˌtik\

Definition of impolitic

  1. :  not politic :  unwise

impolitical

play \(ˌ)im-pə-ˈli-ti-kəl\ adjective

impolitically

play \(ˌ)im-pə-ˈli-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

impoliticly

play \(ˌ)im-ˈpä-lə-ˌti-klē\ adverb

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Impolitic appeared 400 years ago as an antonym of "politic," a word that basically means "shrewd," "sagacious," or "tactful." "Politic" came to us via Middle French from Latin politicus. The Latin word, in turn, came from a Greek word based on politēs, meaning "citizen." "Impolitic" has often been used to refer to action or policy on the part of public figures that is politically unwise-from British statesman Edmund Burke's judicious "the most ... impolitick of all things, unequal taxation" (1797) to People journalist James Kunen's ironic "The author of these impolitic remarks has risen to the very pinnacle of politics" (1988).

Circa 1600

First Known Use of impolitic

circa 1600



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