special interest


: a person or group seeking to influence legislative or government policy to further often narrowly defined interests
especially : lobby

Examples of special interest in a Sentence

promised that as governor he would never be beholden to special interests
Recent Examples on the Web And politicians listen to the special interest dollars over their own constituents. Corey A. Deangelis, The Mercury News, 25 May 2024 Carol Roark is an archivist, historian, and author with a special interest in architectural and photographic history who has written several books on Fort Worth history. Carol Roark, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 25 May 2024 Some have personal agendas, while others have tied their agendas to special interest groups and business friends who put out money and favors to make more of the same. Patrick Wallis, Baltimore Sun, 24 May 2024 While the original Progressive movement was designed to break the political stranglehold of the railroads, today the special interests are predominately public-sector organizations—government agencies and public employees paid with your tax dollars. Jon Coupal, Orange County Register, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for special interest 

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of special interest was in 1906

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“Special interest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20interest. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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