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Topic: EDUCATION

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Greek
Origin: politika (plural), from politikos; POLITIC

politics

noun
     
pol‧i‧tics S2 W2
1 [U also + plural verb British English] ideas and activities relating to gaining and using power in a country, city etc [↪ political, politician]:
a good understanding of politics in China
modern American politics
Politics have always interested Anita.
national/local etc politics
Brooke's been involved in city politics since college.
The president should stand above party politics (=working only for your political party).
2 [uncountable] the profession of being a politician:
Flynn retired from politics in 1986.
Her father's trying to enter politics.
Smith went into politics in his early twenties.
3 [plural]SS the activities of people who are concerned with gaining personal advantage within a group, organization etc:
I'm tired of dealing with all of the office politics.
Her art examines sexual politics (=how power is shared between men and women).
politics of
the politics of race and class at American universities
4 [plural] someone's political beliefs and opinions:
I assume her politics must be fairly conservative.
5 [uncountable] especially British EnglishSE the study of political power and systems of government [= political science]:
Tom is studying for a degree in politics.
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