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body politic

n.
The people of a politically organized nation or state considered as a group.

body politic

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the body politic the people of a nation or the nation itself considered as a political entity; the state

bod′y pol′itic


n.
a people regarded as forming a political body under an organized government.
[1425–75; late Middle English]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.body politic - a politically organized body of people under a single governmentbody politic - a politically organized body of people under a single government; "the state has elected a new president"; "African nations"; "students who had come to the nation's capitol"; "the country's largest manufacturer"; "an industrialized land"
commonwealth country - any of the countries in the British Commonwealth
developing country - a country that is poor and whose citizens are mostly agricultural workers but that wants to become more advanced socially and economically
Dominion - one of the self-governing nations in the British Commonwealth
estate of the realm, the three estates, estate - a major social class or order of persons regarded collectively as part of the body politic of the country (especially in the United Kingdom) and formerly possessing distinct political rights
foreign country - any state of which one is not a citizen; "working in a foreign country takes a bit of getting used to"
Reich - the German state
renegade state, rogue nation, rogue state - a state that does not respect other states in its international actions
suzerain - a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs
sea power - a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
great power, major power, superpower, world power, power - a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world
city state, city-state - a state consisting of a sovereign city
ally - a friendly nation
political entity, political unit - a unit with political responsibilities

body politic

noun
An organized geopolitical unit:
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body politic

n (frm) the body politiclo Stato
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We shall constitute one-third and more of the ignorance and crime of the South, or one-third its intelligence and progress; we shall contribute one-third to the business and industrial prosperity of the South, or we shall prove a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic.
In a well- regulated body politic this natural desire on the part of a spirited young gentleman so highly connected would be speedily recognized, but somehow William Buffy found when he came in that these were not times in which he could manage that little matter either, and this was the second indication Sir Leicester Dedlock had conveyed to him that the country was going to pieces.
But throughout creation Nature has confined the vital principle within a narrow space, in order to concentrate its power; and so it is with the body politic.
Whosoever has observed that sedate and clerical bird, the rook, may perhaps have noticed that when he wings his way homeward towards nightfall, in a sedate and clerical company, two rooks will suddenly detach themselves from the rest, will retrace their flight for some distance, and will there poise and linger; conveying to mere men the fancy that it is of some occult importance to the body politic, that this artful couple should pretend to have renounced connection with it.
One of these remarkable incidents is the execution of that instrument of government by which they formed themselves into a body politic, the day after their arrival upon the coast, and previous to their first landing.
The former premier noted in his reply that the matter one of "far-reaching consequences relating to the body politic of the country" - has been taken up by the court on the "motion of many other aggrieved parties".
The growing scholarship on the writer best known for the early lesbian novel Desert of the Heart (1964) continues with the release of correspondence between Jane Rule, who died in 2007, and Rick Bebout, who was editor for The Body Politic and passed away in 2009.
The argument centers on the crucial role that the spread of syphilis played in a literal and figurative sense with respect to the critique of moral and corporal decay as the disease threatened individual bodies and the body politic, whose natural equilibrium needed to be remedied and restored.
Scholars look at the construction of bodies in Early Modern Europe from the perspectives of trying "other" bodies: the witch, the black, and the old; codification of the body politic and common law jurisprudence; liminal bodies: the life/death edge on stage and in the body politic; and staging the queenly body: the performance of a female body politic.
In short, we may have become political masochists as a body politic.
As rampant corruption pervades the Lebanese Body Politic, it is quite normal for people to come out against it in a relentless jihad against widespread corruption, the deputy added.
And yet, as argued further by Herzogenrath, the traditional understanding of the metaphor of the Body Politic "has lost its currency .