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Mar 7, 2017
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Back-formations

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bludge
politick
allocute
adolesce
foray

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politick

PRONUNCIATION:
(POL-i-tik)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To engage in (usually partisan) political activity.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from politicking (engaging in partisan political activity), from politic (pragmatic, shrewd), from Old French politique (political), from Latin politicus (political), from Greek politikos (political), from polis (city). Earliest documented use: 1892.

USAGE:
“The Wise Man, by contrast, doesn’t politick: he is studious, reserved, quiet, and self-effacing.”
Sebastian Hamilton; A Shameful Witch-Hunt; Daily Mail (London, UK); Sep 17, 2016.

See more usage examples of politick in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. -Luther Burbank, horticulturist (7 Mar 1849-1926)

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