• WordNet 3.6
    • adj politic smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage","the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"
    • adj politic marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels","a politic decision","a politic manager","a politic old scoundrel","a shrewd and politic reply"
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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
    • n Politic A politician. "Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a lantern;
      Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his feet by the stars."
    • Politic Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic . See under Body. "He with his people made all but one politic body."
    • Politic Pertaining to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; -- said of things; as, a politic treaty. "Enrich'd with politic grave counsel."
    • Politic Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious; and in a bad sense, artful; unscrupulous; cunning; -- said of persons. "Politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If you need to remember pi, just count the letters in each word of the sentence: "May I have a large container of coffee?" If you get the coffee and are polite say: "Thank you," get two more decimal places. (3.141592653...). Here is another sentance: How I wish I could calculate Pi. (3.141592)
    • politic Of or pertaining to politics, or the science of government; having to do with politics.
    • politic Of or pertaining to civil as distinguished from religious or military affairs; civil; political.
    • politic Hence Of or pertaining to officers of state; official; state.
    • politic That constitutes the state; consisting of citizens: as, the body politic (that is, the whole body of the people as constituting a state).
    • politic Existing by and for the state; popular; constitutional.
    • politic In keeping with policy; wise; prudent; fit; proper; expedient: applied to actions, measures, etc.
    • politic Characterized by worldly wisdom or craftiness; subtle; crafty; scheming; cunning; artful: applied to persons or their devices: as, a politic prince.
    • n politic A politician.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • adj Politic pōl′i-tik pertaining to policy: well-devised: judicious in management: skilled in political affairs: prudent: discreet: cunning:
    • adj Politic (Milt.) politic
    • adj Politic pōl′i-tik (Shak.) concerned with politics
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  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “True politeness consists in being easy one's self, and in making every one about one as easy as one can.”
  • Abel Stevens
    Abel Stevens
    “Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “A cult is a religion with no political power.”
  • Samuel Himmel
    Samuel Himmel
    “A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics.”
  • Louis XVIII
    Louis XVIII
    “Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. politicus, political, Gr. belonging to the citizens or to the state, fr. citizen: cf. F. politique,. See Police, and cf. ePolitical
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.


In literature:

Only people of some political importance can obtain motor-cars or telephones.
"The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism" by Bertrand Russell
If we adopt a political system of periodization, we might say that around 500 B.C.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
There the same political enmity exists, but the political enmity produces private hatred.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Jean Jacques Rousseau, less ingenious, but more eloquent, had studied politics, not in the laws, but in nature.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Domestic politics and national politics had come to a clash.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
On no sound political theory ought such a person to share in the political power of the State.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Her father's political views were very mild.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
A general amnesty for all political offences arising from the struggle is made.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
In 1849 revolutionary politics took possession of him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various

In poetry:

What millions are pouring
While, raving and roaring,
Not only John Lang, but a dozen or more
Political brothers
Outshouting the others
With rhetoric costly are taking the floor?
"Golden Silence" by C J Dennis
Thunder? Why, no. Some static, may have been --
A far, faint rumble and a glimmering light.
This, and no more, John, have we heard and seen,
We watchers in the dark politic night.
"Jove's Opportunity" by C J Dennis
Yes! we bring one to swell the mighty throng
Of those who ever planet-like are seen—
Fire pillars in war, in politics, in song,
Or where this boundless breadth of thought has been.
"By The Grave of Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
And went up to him very politely,
And asked what his name was and cried:
"My lad, if I judge of you rightly,
You're the son of my brother who died--
My poor Mustafa!"--and he sighed.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
Where's the harsh voice, rising shrilly
To uphold the views of Billy?
Far too grave grow politics,
Lacking all his circus tricks.
Missing! Missing! And, alack!
Some folk say he won't come back.
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis
And at ten o'clock next morning Matthew was at Blandford Hall,
And politely for Mr Gillespie he did call,
But he was told Mrs Gillespie he would see,
And was invited into the parlour cheerfully.
"The Troubles of Matthew Mahoney" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

At our 25th college reunion in 2003, Grover Norquist — the brain and able spokesman for the radical right — and I, along with other classmates who had been in public or political life, participated in a lively panel discussion about politics.
Politics may be politics, but please don't blame the statisticians.
Finance Minister George Osborne says that a regulatory decision one way or another would have caused a political headache for his political party.
Jon Stewart is one of many political satirists whose views skew to the left of the political spectrum.
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. Said on Sunday that President Obama is in "remarkably good shape" politically -- and that if anyone has a political problem, it's Republicans.
I am not much for politics, or political races, but you now have my interest in the race in the 51st District Senate race.
Texas on the Potomac welcomes political commentary from across the political spectrum.
It's another episode of the Doubleheader, where we talk about the sport of politics and the politics of sport.
Both these things reinforce that Brazilian politics has moved decisively away from the populism that many consider Latin America's major innovation in politics .
Benjamin Barber, political theorist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos, discusses the relevance of Rousseau 's political and social ideas today and the Occupy Rousseau event happening tonight.
Political Scientist who is the brains behind 'A Plain Blog about Politics'.
In today's politically charged environment where accusations are leveled against a person's character purely for political gain, the unique role of the Indiana attorney.
There's presidential politics and then there's puppet politics.
General News and Politics By Jim Barber, Camp Verde, Arizona Current news and political discussion.
Sabato, director of the Center for Politics and University professor of politics at the University of Virginia, is the author of "The Year of Obama.".

In science:

Statistics : A Guide to Political and Social Issues 141 pp.
Erich Leo Lehmann---A glimpse into his life and work
His models are an interesting reflection of political behavior, which are hierarchical mixed population models, denoted here HMPM.
Quick Anomaly Detection by the Newcomb--Benford Law, with Applications to Electoral Processes Data from the USA, Puerto Rico and Venezuela
Fogdal, “Industrial evaluation of pairwise spl testing with moso-polite,” in VaMoS, U. W.
Bypassing the Combinatorial Explosion: Using Similarity to Generate and Prioritize T-wise Test Suites for Large Software Product Lines
Our probes of nuclear collisions are probably at least as polite, and so you should never ask them if they found the QGP; it appears they’ll always say that they did.
QCD & QGP: A Summary
Fermions, like virtue in the world of politics, are entities often talked about, but rarely seen, in discussions of SUSY theories.
M Theory and Cosmology