1550s, "pertaining to a polity, civil affairs, or government;" from L. politicus
(adj.)). Meaning "taking sides in party politics" (usually pejorative) is from 1749. Political prisoner
first recorded 1860; political science
is from 1779 (first attested in Hume). Political animal
translates Gk. politikon zoon
(Aristotle, "Politics," I.ii.9) "an animal intended to live in a city; a social animal." Politically correct
first attested 1970; abbreviation P.C.
is from 1986.