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.

 

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Pol`i*ti"cian, a.

Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful.

"Ill-meaning politician lords."

Milton.

 

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