pol·i·ti·cian | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈti-shən \

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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Two decades later, far-right populism has caught fire across Europe; in France and elsewhere, a number of politicians have taken anti-immigrant stances. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Vida later apologised after the video went viral and appeared to show him using phrases by anti-Russian politicians. SI.com, "FIFA Investigating New Controversial Video of Croatian Defender Domagoj Vida Following Russia Win," 11 July 2018 Avoiding the word 'abolish' His call for replacing ICE with a different agency echoes the sentiments expressed by other Democratic politicians. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey campaign paints Democrat David Garcia as supporter of #AbolishICE," 11 July 2018 President Donald Trump’s second Supreme Court pick, D.C Circuit Court Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, was both lauded and criticized Monday by California politicians. Joshua Stewart, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California political response to Trump's Supreme Court pick splits on party lines," 9 July 2018 Since the allegations against Hill were released, a growing group of Indiana politicians called for Hill’s ouster. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "As Munster legislator speaks out, Indiana attorney general denies groping allegations, says he won't resign," 6 July 2018 In 2011, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Waters one of the most corrupt politicians. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Maxine Waters could be a serious problem for Trump if Democrats win the House," 5 July 2018 Like the Purge movies, Escape From New York is nakedly up-front about distrusting the motives of career politicians, and criticizing America’s willingness to demonize and discard at-risk segments of its population. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "10 subversive, dark American futures to stream on July 4th," 4 July 2018 California public employee unions, buoyed by sympathetic politicians in the governor’s office and the Legislature, feel better equipped to weather the effects of Janus than other states. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "After 'wake-up call' from Supreme Court, California unions face tough political choices," 3 July 2018

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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 \

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

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