the body politic

Definition of the body politic

formal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

bodyplay
  1. :  the main part of a plant or animal body especially as distinguished from limbs and head :  trunk

    :  the main, central, or principal part: such as

    :  the nave of a church

  1. :  to give form or shape to :  embody

    :  represent, symbolize

politicplay
  1. :  political

    :  characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing

    :  sagacious in promoting a policy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up the body politic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!