Crossword clues for politician
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Politician \Pol`i*ti"cian\, a.
Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful. ``Ill-meaning
Politician \Pol`i*ti"cian\, n. [Cf. F. politicien.]
One versed or experienced in the science of government; one devoted to politics; a statesman.
While empiric politicians use deceit.
One primarily devoted to his own advancement in public office, or to the success of a political party; -- used in a depreciatory sense; one addicted or attached to politics as managed by parties (see Politics, 2); a schemer; an intriguer; as, a mere politician.
Like a scurvy politician, seem To see the things thou dost not.
The politician . . . ready to do anything that he apprehends for his advantage.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1580s, "person skilled in politics," from politics + -ian. It quickly took on overtones, not typically good ones. Johnson defines it as "A man of artifice; one of deep contrivance."
n. One engaged in politics, especially an elected or appointed government official.
A politician (from Classical Greek πόλις, " polis") is a person active in party politics, or a person holding or seeking office in government. In democratic countries, politicians seek elective positions within a government through elections or, at times, temporary appointment to replace politicians who have died, resigned or have been otherwise removed from office. In non-democratic countries, they employ other means of reaching power through appointment, bribery, revolutions and intrigues. Some politicians are experienced in the art or science of government. Politicians propose, support and create laws or policies that govern the land and, by extension, its people. Broadly speaking, a "politician" can be anyone who seeks to achieve political power in any bureaucratic institution.
Usage examples of "politician".
It is there that the People, endlessly apostrophized by the politicians, make their appearance as audience, pupils and ideal citizens: patriotic in their muscularity but never threatening in their unruliness.
Religious proclamations, stentorian speeches by assorted politicians who could not tell a spiral galaxy from a supernova.
De Batz took no heed of these as he passed, anxious only that the crowd of eating-house politicians did not, as often was its wont, turn out pele-mele into the street, and settle its quarrel by the weight of fists.
Anderson, an Ontario teacher turned politician, who campaigned wearing a billycock hat and wing collar.
The politicians of this class have decided for themselves that the summum bonum is to be found in bread and the circus games.
The new technology of radio had forced briskness and brevity on professional speakers, such as politicians, who were accustomed to orating on the stump for three hours at a stretch, and preachers, sometimes drilling words into their listeners at speeds that reached two hundred words a minute.
There is something in the tone of those instructions of his to Sancho that evokes in one the image of an elderly, seedy, obscure poet, who has never been successful in anything, giving to his sturdy, popular, extravert son a sound bit of advice as to how to be a prosperous plumber or politician.
Ismail seemed to him, and to his advisers, much more a politician than a warrior: he had no coherent military plan for taking Kutali, still less Marga, but seemed to think that the town must necessarily fall into his hands as soon as he had the cannon.
Samuel Gompers and George Meany and a generation of social-democratic politicians who came to the fore in Europe late in the twentieth century.
This English knight was at different periods of his life an admiral, a theologian, a critic, a metaphysician, a politician, and a disciple of Alchemy.
His assumption of the prime ministership forced a fairly serious money problem on Diefenbaker, as it has on all Canadian politicians who were not rich before taking office.
Unlike most politicians, who set their sights on the prime ministership early in life, then spend the next three or four decades trying to achieve their ambition, St Laurent became prime minister only seven years after he had reluctantly entered politics.
Besieged by solicitations for products and services we neither want nor need, misrepresented and misgoverned by corrupt politicians beholden to multinational megacorporations, and reduced to involuntary servitude by usurious financial institutions, we are not so much consumers as we are in danger of being consumed.
Politicians, newsmongers, and travellers made the cafe salons ring with their animated discussions.
The rabid determination of partizan politicians not to allow the United States to enter into any agreement with the rest of the world to stop war, the outbreaks of violence among the criminal classes, the determined efforts of the liquor interests to nullify the constitutional Prohibition amendment, the depression in business, the increase of unemployment, the strenuous effort of the agitators to make trouble between this country and Great Britain on one side and Japan on the other, all may be grouped with this pathetic spectacle of respectable women turned shoplifters as an indication of that other moral slump from idealism.