Body-politic

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Body-politic the collective body of the people in its political capacity
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Quotations

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.”
  • Ben C. Bradlee
    Ben C. Bradlee
    “The history of American politics is littered with bodies of people who took so pure a position that they had no clout at all.”
  • Joyce Cary
    Joyce Cary
    “Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul -- politics does the same thing for the body.”
  • Junius
    Junius
    “It is the eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that, where one members suffers, all the members suffer with it.”

Idioms

Body politic - A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bodig, of dubious origin.

Usage

In literature:

After his death every evil that festered in the body politic would have broken out afresh.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The monied-men represented the most active, energetic, and growing part of the body politic.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
And this leads us to a consideration of the Doomsman himself, that foul excrescence upon our modern body politic.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
Corruption among the rulers spread downwards and ran through the country, until the whole body politic was unsound, and is so to-day.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Government, must be adapted to its body politic, i.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
As to political rights, the body of the people were all in Egyptian darkness.
"Celebration in Baltimore of the Triumph of Liberty in France" by William Wirt
The original right is in those who compose the body politic, and not in any individual.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
This small remnant of its former Italian possessions, however, proved to be a thorn in the body politic of the Dual Monarchy.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume I (of 8)" by Various
Belva A. Lockwood took up the judiciary, showing the way that body lends itself to party politics.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Such leaders elevate higher any political body than could ever a Clay, a Webster, etc., etc.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Such was the end of the founders of religions, of societies; such of political bodies.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
Thus far we have considered the analogy between the blood in a living body and the consumable and circulating commodities in the body-politic.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
The poison has infiltrated every vein and artery of the body politic.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
Sixth, there is an idea of law as a body of agreements of men in politically organized society as to their relations with each other.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
To it most of the evils which afflict the body-politic can be traced.
"Stand Up, Ye Dead" by Norman Maclean
The unhappy malady runs through the whole body politic.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
ADMINISTRA'TION, in politics, the executive power or body, the ministry or cabinet.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
It is plain that business, the press, and politics all tend to promote a great activity of body and mind.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Their chief political purpose was, for a good while, to keep body and soul together.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
So has the Body Politic.
"The Ivory Gate, a new edition" by Walter Besant
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In news:

Deadbeats who vote only in presidential elections really chap our hide, like a seasonal rash on the buttocks of the body politic.
Amid the low hills and picturesque streams of Karelia, a republic in northwest Russia, excavators unearthed more than 9,000 bodies of political prisoners -- a horrific reminder of the nation's past.
Joseph Tecce, a Boston College psychophysiologist who studies political body language, said a preliminary analysis showed that Obama blinked 75 times a minute during the debate, compared with Romney's 55 times a minute.
The Cultural Politics of Body Modification" and "Surgery Junkies.
Festival of Arts and Ideas considers The Body Politic .
Body politic wins verdict.
Festival of Arts and Ideas considers The Body Politic.
Hilary Mantel's ' Bring Up the Bodies' Mixes Political Terror and More Private Conspiracies.
It's been a tough first year for President Obama, as critics throughout the body politic bemoan that Mr Change-We-Can-Believe-In is looking more and more like Mr Politics-As-Usual.
These services are to remind all that, regardless of our politics, we are all part of the body of Christ and unified in a common faith.
Tian Qing attending the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a government advisory body, Beijing, March 2012.
Four years ago, our body politic was overwhelmed by an Orwellian parody now known as the Obama for president campaign.
A very limited statement of the argument for impartial suffrage, and for including the negro in the body politic, would require more space than can be reasonably asked here.
It also raises questions about crime in the body politic of the world's largest democracy.
Like his World Saxophone Quartet colleague David Murray, Oliver Lake is not considered to be as avant as he was in the '70s, but that's more a measure of progress in the jazz-body politic than anything else.
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In science:

This paper aims to expand the substantive terrain of QI’s reach in the discipline by illuminating a body of political theory that to date has been elaborated in strictly classical language and formalisms but has complex features that seem to merit generalizations of the problem outside the confines of classicality.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
This paper follows that trend by illuminating a body of political theory that to date has been elaborated in strictly classical language and formalisms but has complex features that seem to merit generalizations of the problem outside the confines of classicality.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Here we address a body of theory that is of special interest to scholars seeking to understand the origins of party governance in political systems where voters cast partisan ballots in two contests, one involving the executive branch and one involving the legislature.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
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