• 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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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “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
    “A politician is an ass upon which everyone has sat except a man.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “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.”


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


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

In poetry:

Land of politicians silly,
Home of wind and willy-willy,
Land of blanket, tent and billy,
"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.

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.
Relevance of the FuturICT flagship for politicians Politicians are the democratic link between citizens and state power.