body politic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n body politic a politically organized body of people under a single government "the state has elected a new president","African nations","students who had come to the nation's capitol","the country's largest manufacturer","an industrialized land"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Body politic the collective body of a nation or state as politically organized, or as exercising political functions; also, a corporation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Body politic the whole body of a people, as constituting a state
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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
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    “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
Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.

Usage

In literature:

It resides in the whole people as one body politic.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
Extracts from the "Anarchiad" were prepared when wanted, and the verses applied fresh to the enfeebled body politic.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
For the idea that all political power is vested in the great body of the people.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The evil to be struggled against is a thing entwined with every fibre of the body politic.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
Justice was not in the body politic.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Having diagnosed the disease in the body politic, Durham proposes a remedy.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
The Hapsburg decided that there was not a more contemptible parasite on the body politic.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
It is shocking to think that her body must be torn from the grave to refute the vile slanders of my political opponents.
"The Somnambulist and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
No sooner had this radical clean-up of the body politic been consummated than the rains began.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Here, then, was an opening for relieving the body politic from the great anomaly of bondage in the midst of freedom.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 92, June, 1865" by Various
The realities of the Irish wars and of Irish social and political life gave a real subject, gave body and form to the allegory.
"Spenser" by R. W. Church
The same deadly poison of pseudo-science has infected the body politic.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
It was attended by a body-guard of 150 swordbearers and a man roaring a political cry of the time through a brazen speaking-trumpet.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Women may be trained to become the economic leaders in the body politic.
"Euthenics, the science of controllable environment" by Ellen H. Richards
A man could change his politics, his friends, his religion, his country, but Man's tools were a part of his body.
"Way of a Rebel" by Walter M. Miller
The wife is subordinate, and has no official voice or vote in the community or the body politic.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
Having the gout in its great toe, the body politic restricts its indulgences.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
The Mormons proved a thorn in the side of the body politic.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
But I know, that you combat the thirst for power, not the intention of purifying and edifying the body politic.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
In the body politic an unhealthy condition not only exists, but also controls.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
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In news:

Though people like to believe their convictions are purely rational, a growing body of research links political differences to deep-seated physiological traits.
Elevision's increasing role as an essential element of American society has not only reshaped the political process, Jeffrey Scheuer argues, it has shifted the equilibrium of the body politic -- to the right.
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.
Support for Israel has been entrenched in the American body politic ever since President Harry S Truman recognized the Jewish state in May 1948.
(He's the former communist party boss who, since 1991, keeps getting "elected" as his political opponents or their bodies keep disappearing.
A look at China's new leaders who will rule alongside Xi Jinping in the apex political body.
And now, of course, the euro is in great danger because we have a common currency but not a common political body.
Body Connection Veteran political journalist John McLaughlin secures exclusive, thought-provoking, behind-the-scenes interviews with an unparalleled roster of national and international figures.
New Political Body Seen as Big Step in Fight to Oust Assad, as It Seeks Arms, Recognition From Abroad.
One of Thompson's new spots said Baldwin "fought to block funding that provides body armor for our troops just to make a political point ".
(CBS News) Sen Marco Rubio of Florida had harsh words for the current state of politics on Wednesday, criticizing in particular the very body in which he serves.
Four years into Mexico's newly minted electoral democracy, all is not as it should be with the body politic.
Our Bodies, Ourselves celebrates 40 years amid much political debate on women's health issues like abortion and contraception.
Jesse Ventura, 'the Body' politic.
President Obama may have won the election, but Satan 's political agenda did plenty of damage to the body of Christ during the race.
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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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