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.
Pol·i·ti·cian, a. Cunning; using artifice; politic; artful. “Ill-meaning politician lords.”
n 1: a leader engaged in civil administration
2: a person active in party politics [syn: politico, pol, political
3: a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in
sly or underhanded ways