politic

politic
politic (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. politique (14c.) "political," from L. politicus "of citizens or the state, civil, civic," from Gk. politikos "of citizens or the state," from polites "citizen," from polis "city" (see POLICY (Cf. policy) (1)). Replaced in most adj. senses by POLITICAL (Cf. political). The verb meaning "to engage in political activity" is first recorded 1917, a back formation from POLITICS (Cf. politics).

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  • politic — POLÍTIC, Ă, politici, ce, s.f., adj. I. s.f. 1. Ştiinţa şi practica de guvernare a unui stat; sferă de activitate social istorică ce cuprinde relaţiile, orientările şi manifestările care apar între partide, între categorii şi grupuri sociale,… …   Dicționar Român

  • Politic — Pol i*tic, a. [L. politicus political, Gr. ? belonging to the citizens or to the state, fr.? citizen: cf. F. politique. See {Police}, and cf. {ePolitical}.] 1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • politic — politic, political The normal adjective in general meanings is political. Apart from its use in the fixed expression body politic, politic is confined to the meaning ‘judicious, expedient’ (with reference to an action) and ‘prudent, sagacious’… …   Modern English usage

  • Politic — Pol i*tic, n. A politician. [Archaic] Bacon. [1913 Webster] Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a lantern; Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his feet by the stars. Lowell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • politic — [päl′ə tik΄] adj. [ME polytyk < MFr politique < L politicus < Gr politikos, of a citizen < politēs: see POLICE] 1. POLITICAL: archaic except in BODY POLITIC 2. having practical wisdom; prudent; shrewd; diplomatic 3. crafty;… …   English World dictionary

  • politic — I adjective acute, artful, artfully contrived, astute, astutus, brilliant, calculating, canny, careful, cautious, circumspect, clever, considerate, contemplative, crafty, cunning, deceitful, diplomatic, discreet, effective, efficacious,… …   Law dictionary

  • politic — 1 *expedient, advisable Analogous words: practical, *practicable: *possible, feasible, practicable: *shrewd, astute, perspicacious, sagacious 2 diplomatic, bland, smooth, *suave …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • politic — [adj] wise, tactful adroit, advisable, canny*, cool, delicate, diplomatic, discreet, expedient, in one’s best interests*, judicious, on the lookout*, perspicacious, prudent, sagacious, sensible, sharp, shrewd, smooth, tactical, tuned in*, urbane; …   New thesaurus

  • politic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of an action) sensible and wise in the circumstances. 2) (also politick) archaic prudent and shrewd. ► VERB (politicked, politicking) often derogatory ▪ engage in political activity. ORIGIN Greek politik …   English terms dictionary

  • politic — adj. (formal) expedient politic to + inf. (it would not be politic to get involved in their affairs) * * * [ pɒlɪtɪk] (formal) [ expedient ] politic to + inf. (it would not be politic to get involved in their affairs) …   Combinatory dictionary

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