One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object To engage in political affairs or relations; to be political.
2with object To educate (a person) in politics; to politicize (an issue or policy).
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From polity + -ize. Compare post-classical Latin politizare to have a constitution, to practise statecraft, Middle French politiser (of a political entity, e.g. a city) to govern, French politiser to educate (a person) in politics, to politicize (an issue), German politisieren to talk about politics, to educate (a person) in politics, to make (a person) politically aware.
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