politic (adj.)

15世纪初, politike, “与公共事务有关, 涉及一个国家或人民的治理”, 来自古法语 politique “政治” (14世纪), 直接来自拉丁文 politicus “公民或国家的, 民事的, 公民的”, 来自希腊文 politikos “公民的, 与国家及其管理有关; 与公共生活有关”, 来自 polites “公民”, 来自 polis “城市” (见 polis).

它在最早的大部分意义上已被 political. 从15世纪中叶开始作为“审慎, 判断”, 原指统治者. “以政策为特征” Body politic “一个政治实体, 一个国家” (有法语词序) 是从15世纪末开始的.

politic (v.)

也是 politick, “从事政治活动”, 1917年, 从 politics 回溯形成. 相关链接: Politicked; politicking (-k-picnic (v.) ).

updated on August 11, 2020

Definitions of politic from WordNet

politic (adj.)
marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness;
it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels
a politic decision
a politic manager
a politic old scoundrel
a shrewd and politic reply
politic (adj.)
smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication;
he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage
Synonyms: smooth / suave / bland
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