• WordNet 3.6
    • adj political involving or characteristic of politics or parties or politicians "calling a meeting is a political act in itself"- Daniel Goleman","political pressure","a political machine","political office","political policy"
    • adj political of or relating to your views about social relationships involving authority or power "political opinions"
    • adj political of or relating to the profession of governing "political career"
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True Politeness True Politeness
Australia - political Australia - political

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas
    • Political Having, or conforming to, a settled system of administration. "A political government."
    • Political Of or pertaining to a party, or to parties, in the state; as, his political relations were with the Whigs.
    • Political Of or pertaining to public policy, or to politics; relating to affairs of state or administration; as, a political writer. "The political state of Europe."
    • Political Politic; wise; also, artful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.
    • political Relating or pertaining to politics, or the science of government; treating of polity or government: as, political authors.
    • political Possessing a definite polity or system of government; administering a definite polity.
    • political Relating to or concerned in public policy and the management of the affairs of the state or nation; of or pertaining to civil government, or the enactment of laws and the administration of civil affairs: as, political action; political rights; a political system; political parties; a political officer.
    • political Politic; sagacious; prudent; artful; skilful.
    • political “A captain bold of Halifax, who lived in country quarters.”
    • political This is the favorite meter in modern Greek poetry.
    • political Political in this connection means ‘common,’ ‘usual,’ ‘ordinary’.
    • political Synonyms See politic.
    • n political A political officer or agent, as distinguished from military, commercial, and diplomatic officers or agents; specifically, in India, an officer of the British government who deals with native states or tribes and directs their political affairs.
    • n political A political offender or prisoner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Assassin is derived from a Middle Eastern religious and political sect known as Hashishins. The name means 'hashish smoker'which refers to the practice of taking hashish to induce visions of ecstacy before murdering their enemies as their religious duty. They were very good at what they did.
    • adj Political pertaining to polity or government: pertaining to nations, or to parties in a nation who differ in their views of how it ought to be governed: derived from government
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  • Gerald R. Ford
    “I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember.”
  • George Mcgovern
    George Mcgovern
    “You know, sometimes, when they say you're ahead of your time, it's just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
    “Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “Politeness is the flower of humanity.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “He is the very pineapple of politeness!”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Anyone can be polite to a king. It takes a gentleman to be polite to a beggar.”


Body politic - A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
Dog-whistle politics - (AU) When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
Politically correct - Things or people that are politically correct use language that will not cause offence.
Wedge politics - (USA) In wedge politics, one party uses an issue that they hope will divide members of a different party to create conflict and weaken it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.


In literature:

I do not know anything about politics.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Politically he has lived in that element; politically he will die in it.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
This method, and the manner of voting, forced an open avowal of political opinion.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Why, it is a part of politics!
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
For the tariff in politics is the excuse for those sham political battles which give the spoilers their opportunity.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
It needed but little political arithmetic to work out the sum of existing political chances.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
It brought the army into the arena of politics and made questions of military strategy subject to political maneuvering.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
I trust little, therefore, unnecessarily in their way, and especially on political subjects.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But I myself have finished with actual political life.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They talk politics and think politics in the midst of their business or their labor.
"The Young Man and the World" by Albert J. Beveridge

In poetry:

Walks up to the cops,
And, very polite,
Ast them ef they thought
They had done just right.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Spoke real polite
To de folks standing by:
"Would you please do me one kindness.
Fo' I die?"
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
"Oh, surely, here are signs
Should soften your rigidity:
This gentleman combines
Politeness with timidity.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He wooed them with high promises
And, 'spite the doubting Thomases,
Cupidity had urged them on to trust -
Political cupidity,
Which, plus a strange stupidity,
Had lured them to a scheme of "boom and bust."
"'John T'" by C J Dennis
Why, surely I have seen you before, said Mr Brooksby;
Yes, Sir, replied Jack Honest, bowing very politely;
Then what is your name, my honest lad? Asked Mr Brooksby;
John Honest, sir, replied Jack, right fearlessly.
"Jack Honest, or the Widow and Her Son" by William Topaz McGonagall
Thus wonders, far surpassing thought,
Are by the potent barrel wrought.
Strong floods of ale through voters flowing,
Keep our politic wheels agoing;
And great St. Stephen's, much resorted,
Appears by barrel'd ale support'd.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton

In news:

If, and I say "if," you want the real truth on US politics, read Thomas Sowell's "U. S. Politics Full Of 'Rich,' 'Poor' Lies" in the Aug 4, edition of the Times Record.
Some political leaders are out of touch with the people they swore to represent: legislators who represent unions, "Big Oil," political action committees, special interest groups and corporations.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot discuss the politics of the fast track vote in Congress, and the political impact of Election '97.
In this week's Political Wrap our pundits discuss wrangling over the budget deal and the political lessons learned from the case of Air Force Lt Kelly Flinn.
The Supreme Court justices are all from one political party, and they got where they are largely through political pull.
Political Report, Wayne Greene: Barresi becoming political hot potato .
Her art allows people to express more of their politics with their clothing as well as support an artist who cares about their political well-being.
This winter, people may have an excuse for bringing up religion and politics in polite company.
When I was working on a story earlier this year about the politics of Washington County, I realized that the county had become an excellent political bellwether for Oregon.
Politics / News Political Roundtable: Immigration Politics, Abortion Politics, County Politics and Sheriff Joe's Hunt for Obama Birth Certificate .
It's a hot weekend of politics and policy in South Florida, with events to fit just about anyone's political predilections.
David Cameron's appointment of strategist Lynton Crosby signals a shift towards appealing to core voters and the 'politics of old ', according to political comms agency people.
Your show, "Totally Biased," is a testament to this golden era of political satire, but you're not only writing jokes about politics, you're writing jokes about race and racism.
More in Politics and Election Latest political news.
More in Louisiana Politics See all Politics News.

In science:

Publicaciones - Universidad Polit ´ecnica de Valencia. N.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Furthermore, connecting users wi th similar interests who have rated different items (e.g., ‘we both read world politics online, but he ranked BBC.com webpages, while I ranked CNN.com pages’) is challenging.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
While there has been some political opposition in a number of countries to the battle-field use of depleted-uranium projectiles, and cons iderable reaction from many environmental organizations world-wide, there has been little analysis of the strategic-political reasons why such ammunition was used in the first place.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
There is a natural tendency of social units (people, enterprises or political fractions) to differ and to compete.
Why everything gets slower ?
Sergi Elizalde, Consecutive patterns and statistics on restricted permutations, Ph.D. thesis, Universitat Polit `ecnica de Catalunya, 2004. 7.
Anick-type resolutions and consecutive pattern avoidance