Meaning of zoon politikon in English:

zoon politikon

(also zöon politikon, zoon politicon, zoön politikon)

Pronunciation /ˌzəʊɒn pəˈlɪtɪkɒn/ /ˌzəʊən pəˈlɪtɪkɒn/


  • Political animal.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. From ancient Greek πολιτικὸν ζῷον (Aristotle Politics 1253a3; from πολιτικόν, neuter of πολιτικός + ζῷον animal), with transposition of the elements.