Definition of politicization in US English:


(British politicisation)


  • 1The action of causing an activity or event to become political in character.

    ‘the politicization of the Internet’
    • ‘Every step of the way, you have a politicization of the process.’
    • ‘One of the most pressing issues facing liberal democracies today is the politicization of ethnocultural diversity.’
    • ‘Its reliance on government coercion increases the politicization of poverty.’
    • ‘It has a logical partner in the widespread negative politicisation of cultural difference.’
    • ‘It is a defeat for democracy brought about by the cheap politicization of national security.’
    • ‘Politicisation of religion is more apparent in the North.’
    • ‘He urged governments in the region and donors to "avoid politicisation of food aid."’
    • ‘This politicisation of sex had its intellectual forebears too, most immediately Marcuse.’
    • ‘The resulting politicisation of the planned visit has led to the withdrawal of other members.’
    • ‘The politicization of enterprise redirects our efforts into unproductive competition over the distribution of wealth, rather than towards the production of wealth.’
    1. 1.1 The process of becoming or being made politically aware.
      ‘the creeping politicization of top scientists’
      • ‘Her first novel traces the awakening politicisation of a film-maker in the US.’
      • ‘There is a growing politicisation of ordinary people.’
      • ‘She rejects this distinction and discusses how circumstances have conspired to ensure her politicization.’
      • ‘His politicization seemed to reflect heavy influence by communism.’
      • ‘Her gradual politicization is matched by the converse in her husband.’
      • ‘This politicisation of individuals involved in strikes is not a new phenomenon.’
      • ‘Cotton production was obligatory as early as 1925 and had an irreversible influence on population movements and the politicization of residents.’
      • ‘There are signs of a growing politicisation among the youth, but not in the direction of the old parties.’
      • ‘With their manipulation of unemployment statistics, they started the corruption and politicisation of independent civil servants.’
      • ‘The university, in spite of the politicization of the trustees, has to stand for the freedom to pursue the truth wherever it may lead.’