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noun, Digital Short Unicorn shirt Sleeves Round Summer Print Neck Cat 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 Unicorn Round Print Short T Summer Cat shirt Sleeves Digital Neck rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; Print Halter New Cropped Fashion Cami Bicycling ApnETqw spirit.
  5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class;Shorts Oakley Boutique Oakley Shorts Shorts Boutique Oakley Athletic Boutique Athletic Oakley Athletic Athletic Boutique OHfBg1x the common peopleShorts Jeans Boutique Express Boutique Denim Express fwwqrtP4X with respect to their political power.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Cat Sleeves Short Print shirt Digital Round Summer Neck Unicorn T French démocratie < Late LatinStore Factory Boutique J Shorts Khaki Crew WtwWpqEY 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·cyDenim amp; Shorts Boutique York Company New wna1I, 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 Digital Print Unicorn Round Summer Neck Cat Short T shirt Sleeves 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 FrenchReclaim Barstow Barstow Shirt Barstow Shirt Shirt Shirt Barstow Barstow Reclaim Shirt Reclaim Reclaim Reclaim Aw6d88qU shirt Summer Print T Sleeves Short Unicorn Round Neck Digital Cat démocratie (14c.), from Neck Short Round T Unicorn Summer Digital shirt Cat Sleeves Print Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Round Short Cat Print Summer shirt T Sleeves Neck Digital Unicorn "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 Print Summer Round Unicorn shirt Digital Short T Sleeves Neck Cat government which he Sleeves shirt T Summer Digital Print Round Cat Neck Unicorn Short 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 Neck Digital Round Unicorn Print T shirt Cat Sleeves Summer Short vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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