politician

noun
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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The anti-government protests started after masked thugs beat up an opposition politician last November. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Thousands rally in Serbia against populist leader Vucic," 14 Apr. 2019 Here’s how architects, politicians, and community leaders tried to do just that in 2018. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 But at that time, Tunisians didn’t trust politicians. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 Advertising Television news broadcasts are dominated by Brexit, with pundits dissecting daily developments and politicians trading insults. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 There is nothing aside from backlash to stop them from deplatforming, say, tech critics or politicians who call for shutting tax loopholes for massive corporations. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world," 21 Nov. 2018 The success of the Putin brand has captivated anti-establishment and anti-American politicians all over the world, as well as many people who don’t follow politics. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of politician

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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politician

noun

English Language Learners Definition of politician

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

politician

noun
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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