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politicize

[puh-lit-uh-sahyz] /pəˈlɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), politicized, politicizing.
1.
to bring a political character or flavor to; make political:
to politicize a private dispute.
verb (used without object), politicized, politicizing.
2.
to engage in or discuss politics.
Also, especially British, politicise.
Origin
1750-1760
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.
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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

politicize

/pəˈlɪtɪˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to render political in tone, interest, or awareness
2.
(intransitive) to participate in political discussion or activity
Derived Forms
politicization, politicisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for politicized

politicize

v.

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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