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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But today left-wing politicians are pushing capitalism for the masses perilously close to socialism. The Economist, "Blue-collar capitalists," 8 June 2019 Conflating the two is a poor attempt at getting us to look away from the disastrous inconsistencies these politicians have laid out before us, especially when the masses in the party have a clear stance. Lily Herman, refinery29.com, "Actually, Abortion Litmus Tests Are A Good Thing," 8 June 2019 But the poll asked an open-ended question about preference for the Democratic presidential nomination, which solicited responses including politicians like President Trump and former first lady Michelle Obama. Vaughn Hillyard And Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "Bullock says he's being 'penalized' out of debate for doing his job," 6 June 2019 The secret few politicians share is that over 34% of the current Medicare system (more than 20 million people) today isn’t actually run by the government, but by private companies. Flaviu Simihaian, Fortune, "Private Insurers Are Afraid of Medicare for All. They Should Be Excited," 5 June 2019 As for redistricting, O'Rourke, who represented a safe Democratic district in the U.S. House, often decries a system that allows politicians to effectively choose their constituents through partisan gerrymandering. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke pledges end to purges of voter rolls and voter ID laws, calls for term limits," 5 June 2019 But politicians did not always favor pursuit of such extraterrestrials, extremophile and/or intelligent and/or otherwise. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Aliens," 5 June 2019 Nationwide, Democratic politicians are testing the boundaries of extremism on issues related to reproduction, while a few liberal voices warn of potential repercussions in the 2020 elections. James Freeman, WSJ, "Democrats vs. Nuns," 4 June 2019 Other British politicians later pushed back on Trump's suggestion that health care would be on the table in future U.S.-Britain trade talks. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump dismisses London protests, says he would have sued EU over Brexit," 4 June 2019

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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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