pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce politician (audio) \

Definition of politician

1 : a person experienced in the art or science of government especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government
2a : a person engaged in party politics as a profession
b often disparaging : a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons

Examples of politician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In La Paz, politicians seemed ready for a grudging compromise, but in the indigenous country of the altiplano the mood remained defiant. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "The Fall of Evo Morales," 16 Mar. 2020 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled down Friday on his decision not to shut down public schools, despite increasing pressure to do so from teacher unions and other Democratic politicians. Fox News, "De Blasio refuses to shutter NYC schools over coronavirus despite union pressure," 15 Mar. 2020 Ever since Donald Trump began persuading millions of Americans to support him while behaving as no successful politician ever had, mainstream commentators have looked for the evil genius pulling his strings. The Economist, "Lexington The Trump campaign," 14 Mar. 2020 Aspiring Democratic politicians must at least deal with, if not pay obeisance to, groups such as the Working Families Party and the Democratic Socialists of America. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "The Fight against Socialism Isn’t Over," 14 Mar. 2020 As a lifelong politician, DeWine has cultivated relationships with reporters across the state. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Why Ohio is leading the U.S. response to coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 From the local to the national, politicians have been forced to adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Coronavirus upends politics as voters `hunker down,' avoiding rallies and snubbing door-to-door canvassers," 14 Mar. 2020 In the aftermath, a Conservative politician blamed the push for renewable energy for the extent of the blackouts. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How Elon Musk's Innovative Battery Farm Works," 12 Mar. 2020 Expert gaffes While people might discount what politicians say, missteps by supposed experts ratchet up anxiety even further. Sharon Begley, STAT, "7 reasons why it’s hard to control your coronavirus anxiety," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Politician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politician. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of politician

: someone who is active in government usually as an elected official


pol·​i·​ti·​cian | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən How to pronounce politician (audio) \

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: a person who is active in government usually as an elected official

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