Definition of politics in English:


plural noun

  • 1[treated as singular or plural] The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.

    ‘the president's relationship with Congress is vital to American politics’
    ‘thereafter he dropped out of active politics’
    • ‘He lets on that he gave up active involvement in politics but what this activity amounted to he doesn't mention.’
    • ‘It was a dangerous time to be involved in the Labor Party, as politics and religion proved again to be an explosive mixture.’
    • ‘Power and wealth have been too closely associated with politics.’
    • ‘Yes, there is a gulf between the two halves of Scottish power, business and politics.’
    • ‘Intrigue, sex, politics and power dominate the drama.’
    • ‘Anyone who thinks that local government politics is boring has obviously never been to one of our meetings.’
    • ‘We need something besides religion and politics to debate over our beers, lattes, cuppas or sports waters.’
    • ‘But what the Democrats can and must do is stop allowing their opponents a free hand to frame the debate about religion and politics.’
    • ‘In any war, the main victims are members of the general public who do not have any direct association with politics and power.’
    • ‘My background was in retail and accounting, but I'd always been active in politics and local government and the public and private sector.’
    • ‘He took an active interest in politics and was closely associated with the Fine Gael party for which he was a major fund raiser.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘There are communities around sports, partying, politics, arts, religion, and so on.’
    • ‘They also learned to control local politics through power and corruption.’
    • ‘It is the Government, it is politics, politicians, and political parties in this House, that are in grievance mode.’
    • ‘And you don't see any party in mainstream politics that's got an alternative.’
    • ‘During that time he became active in politics and was elected governor of California in 1966.’
    • ‘This move will give council members the opportunity to further pursue and develop their careers in politics and local government.’
    • ‘Few Australians join political parties - politics is now the preserve of despised professionals.’
    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 countries.
      ‘in the conduct of global politics, economic status must be backed by military capacity’
      • ‘Even when he's out smashing bottles, he's both enjoying the badness of it all and making a responsible point about 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.’
      • ‘Killer 7 has an excellent, although often completely incoherent, storyline about global politics.’
      • ‘Because the Americans dominate global politics as no other time in the last, say, 20 years.’
      • ‘What about the relation between cosmology and global politics?’
      • ‘Equally important to me is my deepening and developing interest in national and 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have no idea how to intervene politically in global politics.’
      • ‘States are no longer the key actors in global politics.’
      • ‘Chances are good enough that I will put my foot in my mouth without hazarding down the path of global politics.’
      • ‘Today it appears that everyone is engaged in global politics.’
      • ‘C'mon boys, there's too little poetry in global politics.’
      • ‘Peace will not arrive through politics or economic development alone, as crucial as these things are.’
      • ‘Only in 20 years will we be able to look back on any of these events and see their collective effect on global politics.’
      • ‘Global economics depends on that kind of cooperation; global politics builds on it.’
      • ‘The participants at the Cairo conference were commemorating an age when Third World solidarity changed 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.’
      • ‘This is progress of a sort, a small victory for multilateralism and global politics by negotiation.’
      • ‘I am heartened by how many protesters there are and the consequent renewed interest in global politics.’
    2. 1.2 The academic study of government and the state.
      [as modifier] ‘a politics lecturer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From the study of history, we are able to develop the study of politics.’
      • ‘He also lived in Buenos Aires before heading off to Oxford to study politics, philosophy and economics.’
      • ‘She has been offered a place to study politics and modern history at Oxford.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pathways are theology, pastoral studies, social admin, law, politics and economics.’
      • ‘The university can only provide a small range of subjects including language, history, politics, law and philosophy.’
      • ‘And to think she nearly gave it all up to study politics in Geneva.’
      • ‘It was at Durham University where he was studying politics that he met his wife and the couple married on May 11, 1963.’
      • ‘He lectured on poetry, grammar, history, politics, archaeology, mathematics and astronomy.’
      • ‘She studied law and politics at Nottingham University.’
      • ‘Tracy is a politics and international studies student at Murdoch University.’
      • ‘David, a student studying politics and law, voted for the first time last Saturday.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At 23, he is on the verge of completing a degree in history, politics and social studies.’
      • ‘Era finishes her exams next month and has set her heart on going to Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics.’
      • ‘Military strategy includes the studies of society, politics and economics.’
      • ‘He studied politics and history at Glasgow University, and went to Pennslyvania to take a post-graduate course.’
      • ‘The point was made another way yesterday by Martin Shaw, professor of international relations and politics at Sussex University.’
      political science, civics, statecraft, statesmanship
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    3. 1.3 Activities within an organization that are aimed at improving someone's status or position and are typically considered to be devious or divisive.
      ‘yet another discussion of office politics and personalities’
      • ‘I mean a machine that will be able to read Shakespeare, grease a car, play office politics, tell a joke, have a fight.’
      • ‘Take Silver Owl's advice and never get involved in politics of any kind, by which she really means office politics and ideologies.’
      • ‘Maybe it's just luck, but those office politics that you hear so much about are nonexistent.’
      • ‘Furthermore, Madam Clarkson should be commended for keeping the office above politics.’
      • ‘He said gossip and canny office politics were far more common activities for men than most people realise.’
      • ‘Horse race politics dominates the political gabfests, with corporate power shunted to the sidelines.’
      • ‘As usual, the old dowager's preoccupation with color and markings had more to do with politics than aesthetics.’
      • ‘Maybe the rejection by malls and movie theaters is based on aesthetics rather than politics.’
      • ‘But his good work was nipped due to power hungry petty politics in sport, which is the bane in most sport bodies, here.’
      • ‘And then there's the considerable amount of office politics associated with the beverage behemoth.’
      • ‘She wears business suits and plays office politics better than the fellas.’
      • ‘It is thus more about politics than policy, and doctors are unlikely to consider this end of term report worthy of top marks.’
    4. 1.4 A particular set of political beliefs or principles.
      ‘people do not buy this newspaper 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.’
      • ‘I regret that those friendships were forged on bonds made not of trust and care, but of politics and beliefs.’
      • ‘The authors, however, are hostile to anything that smacks of principled working class politics.’
      • ‘If we do not change our policies and politics, it will be devastating to all of us worldwide.’
      • ‘In essence, this means learning the subtle differences between policies and politics.’
      • ‘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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    5. 1.5often the politics of The assumptions or principles relating to or inherent in a sphere, theory, or thing, especially when concerned with power and status in a society.
      ‘the politics of gender’
      • ‘It would stretch credibility to see this as a comment on sexual power or the politics of penetration.’
      • ‘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.’
      power struggle, manipulation, manoeuvring, jockeying for position, wheeler-dealing, machiavellianism, opportunism, realpolitik
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