the body politic

noun phrase

formal
: all the people in a particular country considered as a single group
The article examines the language politicians use to appeal to the body politic.

Examples of the body politic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And maybe Lincoln, who illuminates the body politic on so many levels, and articulates things so beautifully, can remind us about what our open country produced. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 26 Feb. 2024 On the other hand, nativists pushed for Asian immigrants’ removal from the body politic, offering a narrow vision of belonging in the United States. Theodore S. Gonzalves, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 So there is part of the body politic that doesn't want that, and that's what Purge 6 is... Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 7 July 2023 The problem is that lies and conspiracy theories can cause enormous harm to the body politic. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 The new arrivals were treated as an invading species, who were stealing jobs, spreading disease, and corrupting the body politic. WIRED, 9 Aug. 2023 Because there’s overwhelming opposition on the part of the body politic in Russia for engagement in Ukraine in a military sense. Joseph R. Biden, Foreign Affairs, 23 Jan. 2018

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“The body politic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20body%20politic. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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