The noun polity refers to a political group of any size or shape — it can be a government, a state, a country, or even a social group.

When you hear the word polity, think politics and you're on the right track. The prefix for polity dates all the way back to Greece, from the word politeia, which means "citizenship" or "government." Any group run by politics can be called a polity. The Democratic Party is a polity, but hopefully your birthday party isn't.

Definitions of polity

n the form of government of a social organization

civil order
Type of:
established customary state (especially of society)

n a politically organized unit

the federal government of the United States
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authorities, government, regime
the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
authoritarian regime, authoritarian state
a government that concentrates political power in an authority not responsible to the people
a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
ancien regime
a political and social system that no longer governs (especially the system that existed in France before the French Revolution)
court, royal court
the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state
Downing Street
the British government
a group of countries under a single authority
federal government
a government with strong central powers
a temporary government moved to or formed in a foreign land by exiles who hope to rule when their country is liberated
local government
the government of a local area
military government, stratocracy
government by the military and an army
the governing group of a kingdom
papacy, pontificate
the government of the Roman Catholic Church
pupet regime, puppet government, puppet state
a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed
the group of people comprising the government of a sovereign state
state government
the government of a state in the United States
totalitarian state, totalitation regime
a government that subordinates the individual to the state and strictly controls all aspects of life by coercive measures
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organisation, organization
a group of people who work together

n shrewd or crafty management of public affairs

“we was innocent of stratagems and polity
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administration, disposal
a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)

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