Definition: Politician

From New World Encyclopedia


politic from Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós), from πολίτης (polítēs, “citizen”). Cognate with German politisch (“political”)+‎ -ian


politician (plural politicians)

  1. One engaged in politics, especially an elected or appointed government official.
    Politicians should serve the country's interest.
  2. Specifically, one who regards elected political office as a career.
    Unlike the other candidates, I'm not a politician.
  3. A politically active or interested person.
    Only real politicians are interested in this issue.
  4. A sly or ingratiating person.
    There is a politician in every office.

Derived terms

  • machine politician
  • professional politician


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