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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Politics  \Pol"i*tics\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  politique  Gr  ?  (sc.?).  See 
  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  social  relations  involving  authority  or  power  [syn:  {political 
  2:  the  study  of  government  of  states  and  other  political  units 
  [syn:  {political  science},  {government}] 
  3:  the  profession  devoted  to  governing  and  to  political  affairs 
  4:  the  opinion  you  hold  with  respect  to  political  questions 
  [syn:  {political  sympathies}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  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. 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  POLITICS,  n.  A  strife  of  interests  masquerading  as  a  contest  of 
  principles.  The  conduct  of  public  affairs  for  private  advantage. 

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