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[puh-lit-uh-sahyz] /pəˈlɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), politicized, politicizing.
to bring a political character or flavor to; make political:
to politicize a private dispute.
verb (used without object), politicized, politicizing.
to engage in or discuss politics.
Also, especially British, politicise.
Origin of politicize
1750-60; politic(al) + -ize
Related forms
politicization, noun
depoliticization, noun
depoliticize, verb (used with object), depoliticized, depoliticizing.
nonpoliticization, noun
Can be confused
politicize, politick. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for politicized
  • Kathleen finds herself increasingly politicized but finds herself facing a moral dilemma when the prisoners begin a hunger strike.
  • It then warns against both self-censorship and politicized collegial evaluation.
  • Most teens would be better off at home rather than suffer through the over-politicized system.
  • The main problem with climate change science though is that it has been far too politicized.
  • It seems that this is a subject that almost demands to be politicized.
  • These are only a few of the issues that should and would be explored in a non-politicized, rational environment.
  • They've claimed that science has been censored, ignored and politicized on issues from global warming to stem cells to evolution.
  • Effective programs must transcend the government, and not be politicized.
  • And the use of the parameters would be politicized from start, and be fixed according to the political season.
  • In fact, the bio-fuel discussion is already heavily politicized.
British Dictionary definitions for politicized


(transitive) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
(intransitive) to participate in political discussion or activity
Derived Forms
politicization, politicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for politicized



1758, "take up politics," from politics + -ize. Meaning "to render political" is from 1846. Related: Politicized; politicizing. Earlier was politize (late 16c.), but this was rare.

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