Politics vs. Politicking



(countable) A methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.


The act of engaging in politics, or in political campaigning.


(countable) The profession of conducting political affairs.

‘He made a career out of politics.’;


(countable) One's political stands and opinions.

‘Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars.’;


(uncountable) Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict.


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.


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.’;


social relations involving authority or power


the study of government of states and other political units


the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs


the opinion you hold with respect to political questions


Politics (from Greek: Πολιτικά, politiká, 'affairs of the cities') is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status. The branch of social science that studies politics and government is referred to as political science.

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