Realpolitik Definition

rā-älpōlĭ-tēk
noun
Foreign policy determined by expediency rather than ethics or world opinion; power politics.
Webster's New World
A usually expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement of the national interest.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
  • practical-politics
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Origin of Realpolitik

  • German real practical (from Late Latin reālis real real1) Politik politics (from French politique political, policy politic)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from German Realpolitik.

    From Wiktionary

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