VCR Lesson 4 Presentation

Lauren Engle

WHAT'S IN THE BLANK?

In the Declaration of Independence, American colonists proclaimed themselves a free and sovereign ______________.
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AND THE ANSWER IS...

polity (n.)

~ An organized society, such as a nation, state, church, or other organization, having a specific form of government.

Other Definitions

  1. the condition of being constituted as a state or other organized community or body
  2. government or administrative regulation
  3. political organization

Roots

POLIS (G) "city"

POLITIKOS (G) "citizen"

Memory tips

polis= "city"

politikos= "citizen"


so..."citizens of a city" have their own form of government....POLITY

Do not confuse it with...

POLITY is often confused with POLICY or POLITICS


polity ~ organization society with a specific form of government

policy ~ a plan of action, or an argument rationalizing a government's action

politics ~ the activities involved in managing government; social relations

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYNONYMS
  1. union
  2. organization
  3. society
  4. government
  5. administration

ANTONYMS

**no direct antonyms**

  1. anarchy
  2. lawlessness

Practice!

~ Choose the letter where the word in the bold face type is used incorrectly ~


A) As a result of European expansion into Africa, many of the native polities were overthrown and replaced by more European style governments.

B) The young nation desperately needed help with its foreign polity.

C) The democratic polity of ancient Athens became a model for American government

D) The church polity has decided to begin searching for a new pastor

IT SHOULD BE FOREIGN POLICY, NOT FOREIGN POLITY