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

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Your politicians, bewilderingly, continue to do nothing except deliver divisive, glib statements scattered with thoughts and prayers. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 According to The Organized Crime and Reporting Project, the Magnitsky Award Meghan will receive on her father's behalf is given to politicians who contributed to the promotion of human rights and the fight against corruption. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "Wait, Why Isn't Meghan McCain on 'The View' This Week?," 14 Nov. 2018 There's a lot of things our politicians have failed us with. Fox News, "Ken Langone on preventing Hurricane Florence price gouging," 12 Sep. 2018 Despite calls from politicians across the spectrum to issue a universal grounding order, the FAA has allowed the planes to traverse U.S. airspace. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilot of Doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight Reported Control Problems Shortly After Takeoff," 13 Mar. 2019 Just last year, Van Bramer joined dozens of other local politicians in signing a plea for Bezos to bring his company to New York City. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 Vukmir was asked by O'Donnell if Nicholson had made a point that politicians who know each other simply endorse their friends. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin U.S. Senate race: Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir trade verbal jabs on talk radio," 11 July 2018 The entire country took note as high school students seized control of their own narrative and made gun control and firearm reforms an issue everybody — especially politicians — were talking about. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 On election night in 2018, Houston lawyer and nascent politician Lizzie Fletcher soundly defeated Culberson by five points in what had been a traditionally Republican district. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A congressman’s loss clouds the future of two demanding missions to Europa," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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) \

Kids Definition of politician

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

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