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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With two politicians claiming to be Sri Lanka’s prime minister, the island nation has been caught in a constitutional crisis since last month. Uditha Jayasinghe, WSJ, "Sri Lanka’s President Disbands Parliament, Calls for Early Election," 9 Nov. 2018 On October 31st, the Facebook founder was invited to give evidence before a UK parliamentary committee, with politicians from Canada co-signing the invitation. James Vincent, The Verge, "Zuckerberg rejects invite from international committee to give evidence on fake news," 7 Nov. 2018 Too many politicians talk about ‘those people’ with disdain. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 And in India and Argentina, smiling is associated with dishonesty (thought to be due to the people's familiarity with corrupt politicians). Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 Many Democratic politicians deeply dislike what Mr Trump’s success reveals about their country. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 News of the letter comes even as some politicians have loudly criticized the immigration agency, even touting plans to draft legislation that would abolish ICE altogether. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man charged with assault after being shot during Homeland Security drug raid," 13 July 2018 Some cities, too, are frustrated with the service, saying there is no mechanism for local politicians to have a dialogue with constituents on the site. New York Times, "Nextdoor Is Betting a Social Network Can Still Be a Platform for Politics," 13 July 2018 Our farmers complained in turn, and U.S. politicians slapped at 25 percent tariff on products including French brandy and German buses. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Trump's trade war could threaten US pickup production and jobs," 13 July 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 \

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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