One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A politician, especially a pragmatic or unprincipled one.
2A member of a moderate Catholic group, founded in France after the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre, which regarded peace and national unity as more important than the religious war between Ultramontane Catholics and Huguenots. historical.
3A political concept or doctrine; an expression of political ideas.
Late 16th century. From Middle French, French politique politician, political concept or doctrine.
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