politician

Definitions

  • The politician at home
    The politician at home
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n politician a person active in party politics
    • n politician a leader engaged in civil administration
    • n politician a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways
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A politician being very friendly during an election A politician being very friendly during an election

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese politician Mao Zedong refused to ever brush his teeth and instead just washed his mouth with tea
    • a Politician Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful. "Ill-meaning politician lords."
    • Politician One primarily devoted to his own advancement in public office, or to the success of a political party; -- used in a depreciatory sense; one addicted or attached to politics as managed by parties (see Politics, 2); a schemer; an intriguer; as, a mere politician . "Like a scurvy politician , seem
      To see the things thou dost not."
      "The politician . . . ready to do anything that he apprehends for his advantage."
    • Politician One versed or experienced in the science of government; one devoted to politics; a statesman. "While empiric politicians use deceit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Born on November 2, 1718, British politician, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, is credited with naming the 'sandwich.' He developed a habit of eating beef between slice of toast so he could continue to play cards uninterrupted.
    • n politician One who is versed in the science of government and the art of governing; one who is skilled in politics.
    • n politician One who occupies himself with polities; one who devotes himself to public affairs or to the promotion of the interests of a political party; one who is practically interested in politics; in a bad sense, one who concerns himself with public affairs not from patriotism or public spirit, but for his own profit or that of his friends, or of a clique or party.
    • n politician A politic or crafty person; a petty and generally an unscrupulous schemer; a trickster.
    • politician Politic; using artifice.
    • politician Of or pertaining to politicians or their methods.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on permanent display in the United States hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. It's a portrait of Ginevra di Benci, the wife of a politician in Florence.
    • Politician one versed in or devoted to politics: a man of artifice and cunning
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Quotations

  • Jean Baudrillard
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    “It only takes a politician believing in what he says for the others to stop believing him.”
  • Henry Bolingbroke
    Henry Bolingbroke
    “The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.”
  • W. J. Cameron
    W. J. Cameron
    “An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “A politician is an ass upon which everyone has sat except a man.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
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    “Since a politician never believes what he says, he is surprised when others believe him.”
  • Amy Grant
    Amy Grant
    “If a politician isn't doing it to his wife , then he's doing it to his country.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. politicien,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.

Usage

In literature:

You're a born politician.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
Another class of politicians approach the question from a wholly different point of view.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
As a politician O'Connell was absolutely consistent.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
She was in politics, and was playing the game as became the daughter of a local politician.
"The Brown Mouse" by Herbert Quick
Yet even this exceptional position does not induce Frenchwomen to become politicians.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Afterwards, when his blasphemous indignation over profiteers, politicians, and newspapers had worn itself out, he told me.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
We deprive the King even of the powers of a President, lest he should remind us of a politician.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Politicians, Press, members of the then existing forces and the public generally all concurred.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
BAINES, EDWARD (1774-1848), English newspaper-proprietor and politician, was born in 1774 at Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, Lancashire.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
BARBE-MARBOIS, FRANCOIS, MARQUIS DE (1745-1837), French politician, was born at Metz.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
To the politician it meant, furthermore, the right of imposing taxes.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
So long as armies are maintained, unscrupulous politicians will wage war.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
The politicians bent low, the flippant grew serious, the faithful few became reverent.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
You know, of course, that Meryl Pym has become engaged to Mr. van Hert, the well-known Dutch politician?
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Politicians, interested in the spoils of office, were enraged at the thought of losing them.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
In England he might perhaps have been regarded as a corrupt and greedy politician.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A minister may be without piety, a lawyer without clients, a politician impolitic, but a carpenter without tools, never!
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
He was not an ardent politician; but few local Irishmen were so.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
In this class would fall a large number of politicians, statesmen, educators, and ministers.
"Twenty-Five Years in the Black Belt" by William James Edwards
Bodin, in his curious work "The Republic," has noticed a class of politicians who are in too great favour with the people.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
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In poetry:

Land of politicians silly,
Home of wind and willy-willy,
Land of blanket, tent and billy,
Westralia.
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
Now we are waiting, John. With ear a-cock,
Expectant, and a little thrilled we are
To know that politicians still may stock,
These days, a weapon so spectacular.
"Jove's Opportunity" by C J Dennis
Ye Politicians, tell me, pray,
Why thus with woe and care rent?
This is the worst that you can say,
Some wind has blown the wig away,
And left the hair apparent.
"Epigram" by Charles Lamb
Alas! the people now do sigh and moan
For the loss of Wm. Ewart Gladstone,
Who was a very great politician and a moral man,
And to gainsay it there's few people can.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
A certain friend of mine who loitered near
Remarked, "Don't let the thing distress you, please.
'Twill hit a politician, never fear."
And so, my tortured conscience was at ease.
"A Fair Risk" by C J Dennis
Thus the politician, weakly
Of the big things of the State;
While the patient public, meekly
Wait, and ever hopeful, wait;
While he slyly woos their vote
With shrewd turnings of his coat.
"In Time" by C J Dennis

In news:

The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972.
Lowlights from Music City's year of clumsy crooks, posturing politicians and all-around bad news.
Don't fall for politicians who lie, deceive .
Pro-WikiLeaks hackers deface website of politician who supports Julian Assange.
It's not the people or even the politicians.
Defunct insurance firm doled out cash to politicians.
Defunct firm still donating to DC politicians.
Obama is an unusual politician.
Do people go as they are to meet some prominent politician.
How come a politician is more important than God.
That is the only way to explain his apparent belief that Harrisburg politicians know more about which alternative energy prospects are best than do the field's best researchers and innovators.
CORBIN — I was going to write this open letter to all politicians a few weeks ago but decided to wait until I heard all the rhetoric coming from both political parties at their conventions.
You might think that even the New York Times would get tired of publishing rants from failed Israeli politicians denouncing not only their nation's current government but also the entire society that had rejected them.
Politicians who want to cut unemployment benefits just got some ammunition from a new Rutgers University study -- but there may be a catch.
The most disliked politician in America.
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In science:

An exchange of a politician without a resulting change in the problems of the society corresponds to a spin flip with zero energy change, n = 0.
Why everything gets slower ?
This is true not only among the average citizens, but also among politicians.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
The Open Government Data (OGD) Stakeholder Survey (survey.lod2.eu) conducted in 2010 has collected 329 responses from citizens, politicians, public administrators, industry, media and science that are producers, publishers and/or consumers of open data .
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
The approach will be based on a fundamental understanding of the institutional and interaction-based principles that make connected systems work well, but powered by opening up and participation of a wide range of knowledgeable workers that go far beyond academics, consultants and politicians.
FuturICT
Relevance of the FuturICT flagship for politicians Politicians are the democratic link between citizens and state power.
FuturICT
Politicians, regulators and businesspeople must be equipped with the best possible models and tools to help them understand and make decisions about the interventions, laws and regulations that help to sustain a democratically accountable and effective economy.
FuturICT
Politicians, regulators and businesspeople must be equipped with the best possible models and tools to help them understand and make decisions about the interventions, laws and regulations that help to sustain a democratically accountable and effective economy.
FuturICT
FuturICT’s intended ability to simulate future scenarios will be valuable to politicians, regulators, policymakers and citizens, since FuturICT may be able to show that particular courses of action could possibly lead to severe consequences with a higher than acceptable probability.
FuturICT
Contrary to the pronouncements of some of the politicians of our day, a rising tide does not raise all boats (or cones), but instead favors the cone in the highest tax bracket.
The QCD and Standard Model Working Group: Summary Report from Les Houches
ILC community and politicians in the feasibility of the photon collider, but before construction of the real laser system we certainly need to organize the experimental laser group and construct a prototype in order to get experience and make the final design more reliable.
Physics Options at the ILC. GG6 Summary at Snowmass2005
This statement is rather hard to swallow as the first question that comes to mind is that how can selfishness lead to stability, this fact lead to rejection of Nash's theory by most other economists and politicians of the time.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
The politicians thought that this was absolutely bizarre: how could self-interest in politics possibly lead to stability in the society, it would result in chaos and destruction of the society but as we'll see in the next section, this statement holds a lot of meaning.
Nations At War I: Why do we keep building weapons?
Many politicians believe that you have to be able to see the endgame if any research is to be worthwhile.
Nucleon Spin: Summary
Later work used human beings to simulate ten leaders during the weeks before World War I; these simulators made more peaceful decisions than the politicians of July 1914.
A Biased Review of Sociophysics
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