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politicize Syllabification: po·lit·i·cize
Pronunciation: /pəˈlidəˌsīz/

Definition of politicize in English:


[with object] (often as adjective politicized)
1Cause (an activity or event) to become political in character: art was becoming politicized attempts to politicize America’s curricula
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  • Universities are centres of freedom of speech, granted, but we have to admit that this is a hugely politicized event being proposed at the one campus in Canada where this issue has exploded into violence.
  • If judges are horribly political, politicized opposition to nominees is called for.
  • When people protest the way the Administration is let off the hook until the election, of course, the charge will be that they are attempting to politicize the process.
1.1Make (someone) politically aware, especially by persuading them of the truth of views considered radical: we successfully politicized a generation of women
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  • The polarizing of the population has been a wondrous gift to debate, and we are more politicized and aware than ever before.
  • I was never politicized before that, but I had to come to grips with this latent fascism, otherwise I couldn't have unfolded as an artist at all.
  • Rather than embittering or psychopathologizing him, his rape had politicized him, giving him a terrifying lucid insight into the idiotic evil of the male sex drive.
1.2 [no object] Engage in or talk about politics.



Pronunciation: /pəˌlitəsiˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The statement said that the sudden appointments of new people to key diplomatic positions abroad was a cause of concern, as it could result in politicization of the diplomatic services.
  • We hope Diversity Weekend will open a forum for discussing the politicization.
  • This fact had most probably hindered the politicization of cultural exchange between Egypt and Europe despite inequality in the distribution of power.

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