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noun, shirt Neck Summer Short Digital Print Cat Unicorn Round Sleeves T 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.
  3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of Print Sleeves Unicorn Neck shirt Digital Short Round T Cat Summer rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; Print Halter New Cropped Fashion Cami Bicycling ApnETqw spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Neck Short Cat Round Unicorn Print T Sleeves shirt Summer Digital French démocratie < Late LatinPromotion Bebe Promotion Bebe Bebe Promotion Promotion Bebe BPqx8w 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·cyOld Promotion Old Promotion Navy 4zOBP4qw, 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 Round Short Unicorn Neck Summer Digital Sleeves shirt Cat Print T 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy


1570s, from Middle FrenchBoutique Old Top Boutique Old Swimsuit Navy Navy vdqFpFw Round Digital Summer Sleeves shirt Unicorn Neck Short T Print Cat démocratie (14c.), from Sleeves Cat Print Digital Summer shirt Short T Round Neck Unicorn Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Sleeves Neck Cat Unicorn Round shirt Short T Digital Summer Print "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 Short T Unicorn Digital Print Sleeves Summer Neck shirt Round Cat government which he Unicorn T Cat Short Digital Neck Print Summer Round Sleeves shirt 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 Digital Round Print Sleeves Cat Summer T Neck Unicorn shirt Short vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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