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1    functioning as sing   the practice or study of the art and science of forming, directing, and administrating states and other political units; the art and science of government; political science  
2    functioning as sing   the complex or aggregate of relationships of people in society, esp. those relationships involving authority or power  
3    functioning as pl   political activities or affairs  
party politics     
4    functioning as sing   the business or profession of politics  
5    functioning as sing or pl   any activity concerned with the acquisition of power, gaining one's own ends, etc.  
company politics are frequently vicious     
6    functioning as pl   opinions, principles, sympathies, etc., with respect to politics  
his conservative politics     
7    functioning as pl  
a    the policy-formulating aspects of government as distinguished from the administrative, or legal  
b    the civil functions of government as distinguished from the military  

party politics  
      pl n   politics conducted through, by, or for parties, as opposed to other interests or the public good  
power politics  
      n   functioning as sing   (in international affairs) the threat or use of force as an instrument of national policy  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    affairs of state, civics, government, government policy, political science, polity, statecraft, statesmanship  
2    Machiavellianism, machination, power struggle, Realpolitik  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

1    artful, astute, canny, crafty, cunning, designing, ingenious, intriguing, Machiavellian, scheming, shrewd, sly, subtle, unscrupulous  
2    advisable, diplomatic, discreet, expedient, in one's best interests, judicious, prudent, sagacious, sensible, tactful, wise  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

boardroom politics n.
game of power inside a company's board or management team

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