Definitions for: Politician


[n] a person active in party politics
[n] a leader engaged in civil administration
[n] a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways



Webster (1913) Definition: Pol`i*ti"cian, n. [Cf. F. politicien.]
1. One versed or experienced in the science of government;
one devoted to politics; a statesman.

While empiric politicians use deceit. --Dryden.

2. 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. --Shak.

The politician . . . ready to do anything that he
apprehends for his advantage. --South.


Pol`i*ti"cian, a.
Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful. ``Ill-meaning
politician lords.'' --Milton.

Synonyms: pol, political leader, politico

See Also: 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Aaron Burr, Alben Barkley, Alben William Barkley, Andre Maginot, Astor, Barkley, Beaverbrook, boss, Bradley, Bryan, Burr, campaigner, candidate, Charles Joseph Clark, city manager, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Communist, Crockett, Daniel Webster, David Crockett, Davy Crockett, Democrat, DeWitt Clinton, Douglas, Federalist, Glenda Jackson, governor, hack, Henry Clay, Houston, Jackson, Jeannette Rankin, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Louis Jackson, Joe Clark, Joseph McCarthy, Joseph Raymond McCarthy, Labourite, leader, legislator, machine politician, Maginot, mayor, McCarthy, Mugwump, Nancy Witcher Astor, national leader, Nellie Ross, Nellie Tayloe Ross, nominee, noncandidate, party boss, party liner, party man, Peel, plotter, political boss, political hack, Rankin, Republican, Robert Peel, Ross, sachem, Sam Houston, Samuel Houston, schemer, Seward, Sir Robert Peel, socialist, solon, standard-bearer, statesman, Stephen A. Douglas, Stephen Arnold Douglas, technocrat, The Boy Orator of the Platte, the Great Commoner, The Little Giant, Thomas Bradley, Tom Bradley, Viscountess Astor, ward-heeler, Webster, Whig, William Henry Seward, William Jennings Bryan, William Maxwell Aitken

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