Politician vs: Statesman

politician [ pol-i-tishuhn ] See synonyms for: politician / politicians on Thesaurus.com Middle School Level


  • a person who is active in party politics.
  • a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.
  • a person who holds a political office.
  • a person skilled in political government or administration; statesman or stateswoman.an expert in politics or political government.
  • a person who seeks to gain power or advancement within an organization in ways that are generally disapproved.

statesman steyts-muhn ] See synonyms for: statesman / statesmanlike on Thesaurus.com Middle School Level

noun, plural states·men.

  • a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
  • a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.


I would like to point out that the definition specifically is void of “self serving” vs the “Politician” definition.

In essence: A Politician is in for themselves, and a Statesman is in it for the good of their people (or constituents).

Categorized as Concept

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