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Policy, 1) the frame of civil government in a state: “this p. and reverence of age makes the world bitter to the best of our times,” Lr. I, 2, 48.
2) the art of managing public affairs: “turn him to any cause of p.” H5 I, 1, 45. “our nation lose the name of hardiness and p.” I, 2, 220. and with pale p. seek to divert the English purposes, II Chor. I, 2, 220 H6B I, 1, 84. Troil. I, 3, 197. V, 4, 10. V, 4, 10 V, 4, 10 Cor. IV, 6, 127. Hml. II, 2, 47. Ant. II, 2, 69. II, 6, 126. Used as a fem.: H4A I, 3, 108.
3) prudent wisdom in the management of public or private concerns: “a little harm done to a great good end for lawful p. remains enacted,” Lucr. 529. “that shallow habit, wherein deep p. did him disguise,” Lucr. 529 “thus p. in love, to anticipate the ills that were not, grew to faults assured,” Sonn. 118, 9. 124, 9. Ado IV, 1, 200. LLL V, 2, 513. As V, 1, 62. Shr. II, 294. Tw. III, 2, 31. Tw. III, 2, 31 R2 V, 1, 84. H4B IV, 1, 148. H6A V, 4, 159. H6B III, 1, 23. H6B III, 1, 23 H6B III, 1, 23 H6B III, 1, 23 IV, 1, 83. H6C I, 2, 58. V, 4, 62. H8 III, 2, 259. Tit. II, 1, 104. IV, 2, 148. Tim. III, 2, 94. Oth. II, 3, 274. III, 3, 14. With the def. art.: “smacks it not something of the p.?” John II, 396 (i. e. of that which you call policy?).
4) cunning, stratagem: “is there no military p., how virgins might blow up men?” All's I, 1, 132. “the gates of Rouen, through which our p. must make a breach,” H6A III, 2, 2. “'tis but his p. to counterfeit,” H6C II, 6, 65. “I'll play the hunter for thy life with all my force, pursuit and p.” Troil. IV, 1, 17. “honour and p. i' the war do grow together,” Cor. III, 2, 42. Cor. III, 2, 42 Plur. --es == stratagems: “search out thy wit for secret --es,” H6A III, 3, 12.
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