Definition of politicize in English:


(British politicise)


[with object]often as adjective politicized
  • 1Cause (an activity or event) to become political in character.

    ‘wage bargaining in the public sector became more politicized’
    • ‘This is hardly a circumstance that should be welcomed in the academic disciplines, as it echoes the partisan and highly politicized award process set up at the National Endowment for the Humanities a dozen years ago.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we have politicized the process of divorce, so abuse and bias will be even stronger now.’
    • ‘The implicit presumption was always that politicised corrections for market failures would work perfectly.’
    • ‘In the process, they've done German popular culture quite a service, politicizing an event that had long slipped under the radar of public debate in the country.’
    • ‘Another reason why British deaths have become a bigger issue even as there has been relatively fewer of them is that sections of the anti-war movement and anti-war commentators have cynically politicised these deaths.’
    • ‘All political parties, those in government and the ones in the opposition have worked to politicise the budget process so much that it has become a public spectacle rather than the hard-headed public accounting process it should be.’
    • ‘This is extremely important as any campaign where one (individual or collectivity) is attempting to achieve a political objective (tuition decreases) must politicise the process.’
    • ‘When people protest the way the Administration is let off the hook until the election, of course, the charge will be that they are attempting to politicize the process.’
    • ‘If Democrats have politicized the scandal and exaggerated it, Republicans have inexcusably tried to whitewash it.’
    • ‘Politicians are bound to politicize this disaster, as they do with all other world events, in a way that helps them accumulate more power and confiscate more wealth from their citizens.’
    • ‘If textbook screening is politicized, confidence in the censorship system itself will be lost.’
    • ‘The spectacle emphasised how much he seeks to transform our style and substance by politicising every event for its propaganda potential in a divided Australia.’
    • ‘Nuns, in contrast to their male counterparts, not only politicised their activities but did so with a new feminist consciousness.’
    • ‘Some have argued that the ministry opened the bid at a time when the legislature is in recess because the ministry didn't want lawmakers to step in and politicize the privatization process.’
    • ‘So as you can imagine the company's work is highly politicized.’
    • ‘Plus he's concerned that the Republicans may be politicizing the political process.’
    • ‘Universities are centres of freedom of speech, granted, but we have to admit that this is a hugely politicized event being proposed at the one campus in Canada where this issue has exploded into violence.’
    • ‘His edict achieved the opposite effect of what he intended, politicizing an apolitical event.’
    • ‘The case serves as yet another reminder of how sadly politicized the confirmation process too often becomes in today's political climate.’
    • ‘If judges are horribly political, politicized opposition to nominees is called for.’
    1. 1.1 Make (someone) politically aware.
      ‘we successfully politicized a generation of women’
      • ‘But it also politicized us by brutally and bitterly fracturing our community.’
      • ‘And the people that are your political opponents will politicize anybody you appoint anyway.’
      • ‘Rather than embittering or psychopathologizing him, his rape had politicized him, giving him a terrifying lucid insight into the idiotic evil of the male sex drive.’
      • ‘What it did was politicise our audience which at the time were predominately young people unfamiliar with trade unionism and often hostile to it from an anarchist perspective.’
      • ‘Anyone proposing such a project, which in effect aims to politicize young people, is inevitably warily received and closely scrutinized.’
      • ‘A lot of those students were politicised by a program that was run by the mainstream union movement, but then they we saw these students themselves take the issue a lot further and a lot faster perhaps than the mainstream unions had been.’
      • ‘The polarizing of the population has been a wondrous gift to debate, and we are more politicized and aware than ever before.’
      • ‘Women were politicised by the strike, and those who attended the conference hold true to those politics, despite the difficulties with which New Labour present them.’
      • ‘Angry young men were politicized, while rebellious young women were sexualized.’
      • ‘In 1976 Soweto happened, and South African boys and girls spilled across the border into Lesotho, politicising us even more.’
      • ‘He was politicised from an early age, when he first started listening to reggae and dub music.’
      • ‘I was never politicized before that, but I had to come to grips with this latent fascism, otherwise I couldn't have unfolded as an artist at all.’
      • ‘She was politicised in the mid-1980s when the miners' strike tore apart communities like the one in which she'd grown up.’
      • ‘When either party tries to politicize God or co-opt religious communities, it makes a terrible mistake.’
      • ‘After living with conflict for so long, the East Timorese are a highly politicised people.’
      • ‘It was a short step from such mainstream reportage to the reports of the FBI files, in which, as shown below, the FBI branded Baker as a serious threat and thoroughly racialized and politicized her.’
      • ‘Many women were politicized by the Republic's anticlerical policies, both ideologically, if they were practising Catholics, and practically, for example if their children were at schools run by religious orders.’
      • ‘The family was politicized as the foundation of patriarchal power.’
      • ‘Four undercover agents in China were working to politicise the workers, to get them to revolt against their exploitation.’
      • ‘In the ‘golden age of activism,’ students became politicized by direct experience.’
    2. 1.2no object Engage in or talk about politics.
      ‘we talk and squabble and politicize about education as a vote-catching agency’