Definition of politics in English:


plural noun

  • 1[treated as singular or plural] The activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power:

    ‘the party quickly gained influence in French politics’
    ‘thereafter he dropped out of active politics’
    • ‘They also learned to control local politics through power and corruption.’
    • ‘There are communities around sports, partying, politics, arts, religion, and so on.’
    • ‘In any war, the main victims are members of the general public who do not have any direct association with politics and power.’
    • ‘Yes, there is a gulf between the two halves of Scottish power, business and politics.’
    • ‘He took an active interest in politics and was closely associated with the Fine Gael party for which he was a major fund raiser.’
    • ‘It was a dangerous time to be involved in the Labor Party, as politics and religion proved again to be an explosive mixture.’
    • ‘Few Australians join political parties - politics is now the preserve of despised professionals.’
    • ‘Thinking for oneself is considered a virtue when applied to areas such as politics or religion.’
    • ‘The major parties have taken politics and government away from the public!’
    • ‘We need something besides religion and politics to debate over our beers, lattes, cuppas or sports waters.’
    • ‘My background was in retail and accounting, but I'd always been active in politics and local government and the public and private sector.’
    • ‘Intrigue, sex, politics and power dominate the drama.’
    • ‘And you don't see any party in mainstream politics that's got an alternative.’
    • ‘But what the Democrats can and must do is stop allowing their opponents a free hand to frame the debate about religion and politics.’
    • ‘This move will give council members the opportunity to further pursue and develop their careers in politics and local government.’
    • ‘He lets on that he gave up active involvement in politics but what this activity amounted to he doesn't mention.’
    • ‘It is the Government, it is politics, politicians, and political parties in this House, that are in grievance mode.’
    • ‘During that time he became active in politics and was elected governor of California in 1966.’
    • ‘Power and wealth have been too closely associated with politics.’
    • ‘Anyone who thinks that local government politics is boring has obviously never been to one of our meetings.’
    government, local government, affairs of state, public affairs, diplomacy, party politics
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    1. 1.1 The activities of governments concerning the political relations between states:
      ‘in the conduct of global politics, economic status must be backed by military capacity’
      • ‘The participants at the Cairo conference were commemorating an age when Third World solidarity changed global politics.’
      • ‘C'mon boys, there's too little poetry in global politics.’
      • ‘States are no longer the key actors in global politics.’
      • ‘What about the relation between cosmology and global politics?’
      • ‘This is progress of a sort, a small victory for multilateralism and global politics by negotiation.’
      • ‘Even when he's out smashing bottles, he's both enjoying the badness of it all and making a responsible point about global politics.’
      • ‘I am heartened by how many protesters there are and the consequent renewed interest in global politics.’
      • ‘He continues to proudly hold himself as a man of the left, remaining well aware of the political and financial forces at work in global politics.’
      • ‘Equally important to me is my deepening and developing interest in national and global politics.’
      • ‘The Academic Council is an organization that has the ear of the United Nations and can help bring clarity in the wake of stormy global politics.’
      • ‘So it's not hard to show that some of the same battles that have played out in the entertainment world will soon apply to global politics.’
      • ‘Today it appears that everyone is engaged in global politics.’
      • ‘Peace will not arrive through politics or economic development alone, as crucial as these things are.’
      • ‘They have no idea how to intervene politically in global politics.’
      • ‘Killer 7 has an excellent, although often completely incoherent, storyline about global politics.’
      • ‘Only in 20 years will we be able to look back on any of these events and see their collective effect on global politics.’
      • ‘The Middle East, of course, continues to be a focal point of global politics so the movie had a symbolic topicality as well.’
      • ‘Because the Americans dominate global politics as no other time in the last, say, 20 years.’
      • ‘Global economics depends on that kind of cooperation; global politics builds on it.’
      • ‘Chances are good enough that I will put my foot in my mouth without hazarding down the path of global politics.’
    2. 1.2 The academic study of government and the state:
      [as modifier] ‘a politics lecturer’
      • ‘The point was made another way yesterday by Martin Shaw, professor of international relations and politics at Sussex University.’
      • ‘At 23, he is on the verge of completing a degree in history, politics and social studies.’
      • ‘Tracy is a politics and international studies student at Murdoch University.’
      • ‘It was at Durham University where he was studying politics that he met his wife and the couple married on May 11, 1963.’
      • ‘She has been offered a place to study politics and modern history at Oxford.’
      • ‘He studied politics and history at Glasgow University, and went to Pennslyvania to take a post-graduate course.’
      • ‘Just before flying out to Australia she sat two exams as part of the part-time politics degree she is studying for at Loughborough University.’
      • ‘One lovely young girl is going to university in the autumn to study sociology and politics so that she can make a difference to peoples lives in the future.’
      • ‘And to think she nearly gave it all up to study politics in Geneva.’
      • ‘The pathways are theology, pastoral studies, social admin, law, politics and economics.’
      • ‘The multi-millionaire has kept close ties with the university where he studied politics from 1971 to 1974.’
      • ‘It is with this perspective that the editor uses cultural and social material in his study of politics in Libya.’
      • ‘He lectured on poetry, grammar, history, politics, archaeology, mathematics and astronomy.’
      • ‘From the study of history, we are able to develop the study of politics.’
      • ‘Military strategy includes the studies of society, politics and economics.’
      • ‘David, a student studying politics and law, voted for the first time last Saturday.’
      • ‘Era finishes her exams next month and has set her heart on going to Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics.’
      • ‘She studied law and politics at Nottingham University.’
      • ‘The university can only provide a small range of subjects including language, history, politics, law and philosophy.’
      • ‘He also lived in Buenos Aires before heading off to Oxford to study politics, philosophy and economics.’
      political science, civics, statecraft, statesmanship
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    3. 1.3 A particular set of political beliefs or principles:
      ‘people do not buy their paper purely for its politics’
      • ‘As much as politics are a common ground, so is grief, and the two of them had that in common as well.’
      • ‘In essence, this means learning the subtle differences between policies and politics.’
      • ‘If we do not change our policies and politics, it will be devastating to all of us worldwide.’
      • ‘The authors, however, are hostile to anything that smacks of principled working class politics.’
      • ‘I regret that those friendships were forged on bonds made not of trust and care, but of politics and beliefs.’
      • ‘German treatments of aesthetics and politics clustered around Benjamin and Adorno.’
      political beliefs, political leanings, political sympathies, political views, party politics, political alliance
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    4. 1.4often the politics of The principles relating to or inherent in a sphere or activity, especially when concerned with power and status:
      ‘the politics of gender’
      • ‘Although steam and not radiation was to blame, the accident illustrates the contradictions of the politics of nuclear power.’
      • ‘It would be ideal to keep communal forces out of politics and power, he added.’
      • ‘Most young women respond to the politics of women's studies by staying away in droves.’
      • ‘It would stretch credibility to see this as a comment on sexual power or the politics of penetration.’
      power struggle, manipulation, manoeuvring, jockeying for position, wheeler-dealing, machiavellianism, opportunism, realpolitik
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  • 2Activities aimed at improving someone's status or increasing power within an organization:

    ‘yet another discussion of office politics and personalities’
    • ‘Take Silver Owl's advice and never get involved in politics of any kind, by which she really means office politics and ideologies.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Madam Clarkson should be commended for keeping the office above politics.’
    • ‘Horse race politics dominates the political gabfests, with corporate power shunted to the sidelines.’
    • ‘It is thus more about politics than policy, and doctors are unlikely to consider this end of term report worthy of top marks.’
    • ‘But his good work was nipped due to power hungry petty politics in sport, which is the bane in most sport bodies, here.’
    • ‘Maybe it's just luck, but those office politics that you hear so much about are nonexistent.’
    • ‘Maybe the rejection by malls and movie theaters is based on aesthetics rather than politics.’
    • ‘I mean a machine that will be able to read Shakespeare, grease a car, play office politics, tell a joke, have a fight.’
    • ‘As usual, the old dowager's preoccupation with color and markings had more to do with politics than aesthetics.’
    • ‘He said gossip and canny office politics were far more common activities for men than most people realise.’
    • ‘She wears business suits and plays office politics better than the fellas.’
    • ‘And then there's the considerable amount of office politics associated with the beverage behemoth.’