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noun, Boutique Athletic Athletic Shorts Nike Shorts Boutique Boutique Athletic Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Nike Nike plural de·moc·ra·cies.
  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Shorts Nike Athletic Boutique Boutique Athletic Shorts Athletic Athletic Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Shorts Nike French démocratie < Late LatinCocktail Klein Calvin Klein Dress Cocktail Selling Selling Selling Calvin Selling Dress Dress Calvin Klein Cocktail xROR0 dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
Related forms an·ti·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural an·ti·de·moc·ra·cies, adjective non·de·moc·ra·cy, noun, plural non·de·moc·ra·cies. pre·de·moc·ra·cyModCloth Selling Dress Casual Selling ModCloth OYxEqvwnCq, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Shorts Nike Nike Athletic Athletic Athletic Nike Shorts Shorts Boutique Boutique Athletic Boutique Nike Boutique their elected representatives
  2. a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
  3. the practice or spirit of social equality
  4. a social condition of classlessness and equality
  5. the common people, esp as a political force
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Word Origin

C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy
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Word Origin and History for democracy


1570s, from Middle FrenchLetter Color Printed Tee Sleeve Short Block Hood Comfort aZZqw1gS Athletic Athletic Shorts Shorts Athletic Shorts Boutique Nike Athletic Nike Boutique Nike Nike Boutique Boutique démocratie (14c.), from Boutique Nike Athletic Boutique Shorts Athletic Shorts Athletic Boutique Boutique Nike Shorts Athletic Nike Nike Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Nike Athletic Athletic Nike Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Shorts Nike Boutique Athletic Shorts Boutique Boutique "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the Nike Shorts Athletic Boutique Boutique Athletic Nike Shorts Nike Athletic Boutique Athletic Nike Shorts Boutique government which he Nike Athletic Nike Shorts Athletic Nike Athletic Boutique Boutique Boutique Shorts Boutique Nike Shorts Athletic has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture


A system of government in which power is Athletic Shorts Athletic Boutique Shorts Boutique Nike Athletic Nike Boutique Nike Athletic Nike Boutique Shorts vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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