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Recent Examples of impolitic from the Web
A boastful, proudly disruptive politician, Trump often has been rewarded for saying impolite and impolitic things.
But Mia’s wry crotchetiness, impolitic humor, and even some of her preoccupations weren’t all that foreign to Fisher’s public persona.
Now maybe the phrasing is impolitic, but that was the version going around.
Like the president-elect, Mr. Son has been known for sometimes impolitic remarks.
A wave of campus activism has put college presidents across the country on the defensive, distancing themselves from impolitic professors, historical figures with checkered pasts, and culturally insensitive athletic mascots.
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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).
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