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English Dictionary: politics by the DICT Development Group
3 results for politics
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
politics
n
  1. social relations involving intrigue to gain authority or power; "office politics is often counterproductive"
    Synonym(s): politics, political relation
  2. the study of government of states and other political units
    Synonym(s): politics, political science, government
  3. the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs
  4. the opinion you hold with respect to political questions
    Synonym(s): politics, political sympathies
  5. the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government; "unemployment dominated the politics of the inter-war years"; "government agencies multiplied beyond the control of representative politics"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Politics \Pol"i*tics\, n. [Cf. F. politique, Gr. [?] (sc.[?]).
      See {Politic}.]
      1. The science of government; that part of ethics which has
            to do with the regulation and government of a nation or
            state, the preservation of its safety, peace, and
            prosperity, the defense of its existence and rights
            against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of
            its strength and resources, and the protection of its
            citizens in their rights, with the preservation and
            improvement of their morals.
  
      2. The management of a political party; the conduct and
            contests of parties with reference to political measures
            or the administration of public affairs; the advancement
            of candidates to office; in a bad sense, artful or
            dishonest management to secure the success of political
            candidates or parties; political trickery.
  
                     When we say that two men are talking politics, we
                     often mean that they are wrangling about some mere
                     party question.                                 --F. W.
                                                                              Robertson.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   Politics
  
      Vaguely liberal-moderate, except for the strong libertarian
   contingent which rejects conventional left-right politics entirely.
   The only safe generalization is that hackers tend to be rather
   anti-authoritarian; thus, both conventional conservatism and `hard'
   leftism are rare.   Hackers are far more likely than most non-hackers to
   either (a) be aggressively apolitical or (b) entertain peculiar or
   idiosyncratic political ideas and actually try to live by them
   day-to-day.
  
  
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