the body politic


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the body politic

The inhabitants of a nation taken together as a political entity. How do you think the body politic will vote in this election?
See also: body, politic

body politic

the people of a country or state considered as a political unit. The body politic was unable to select between the candidates.
See also: body, politic
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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.
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.
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.
And yet, as argued further by Herzogenrath, the traditional understanding of the metaphor of the Body Politic "has lost its currency .
FARAGE'S current ability to tickle the erogenous zones of large sections of the body politic is undisputed.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown m the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Israeli Analyst dismissed speculations that Bashar al-Assad's government has reached its terminal phase, and stressed that the Syrian army is still fighting like a united force and the main corps of the body politic is still loyal to Assad and is aligned behind him.
He also added that it is necessary to find more effective means of interaction between the body politic and the authorities.
Other motifs that reflect this suggestion of the individual body as the body politic are placelessness/homelessness and absence of the mother and/or childlessness.
Approaching the body politic through the lenses of disability theory suggests the critical road less travelled, one that leads to allegorical embodiments in which empire is not materialized through an athletic colossus but a cripple.
As may be expected from this author's pedigree, The Body Politic is heavy on academic theory, and some chapters may be too theoretical for a lay audience.