po·​lit·​i·​co | \ pə-ˈli-ti-ˌkō \
plural politicos also politicoes

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Examples of politico in a Sentence

a politico who will do anything to win an election

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Ball was now besieged by callers — local politicos, voters, county staff. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 But interviews with several local politicos and analysts yielded a few comparisons. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 Henrietta LoydCazenove + LoydShe’ll arrange art tours in Cape Town, meetings with politicos in Ethiopia, and safaris through tribal regions of Kenya. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Florida is a state of 21 million people and political contrasts: Trump won the state by a single point in 2016, and most in-state politicos believe this year’s governor and Senate races could be just as close. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 McMaster is waging a runoff campaign against businessman John Warren, a first-time politico who some see as more like Trump himself. Washington Post, "Trump lends support to McMaster in South Carolina runoff," 25 June 2018 Legal scholars and politicos have also been scrutinizing Kavanaugh’s expansive interpretation of executive powers. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 But many California politicos now say the experiment has failed, creating a confusing mess for voters in which candidates sometimes spend money to boost certain opponents in attempts to game the system. NBC News, "California polls close as both parties scramble for spots on the November ballot," 6 June 2018 Those mealy words are a sure sign of trouble, the kind that lets politicos and policy makers kick out an idea without offering a solution. San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: Plain language is getting a mauling this election season," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of politico

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for politico

Italian politico or Spanish político, ultimately from Latin politicus political

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a servile follower or underling

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