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noun, Sweater Staccato Pullover Staccato Boutique Boutique Pullover 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 Pullover Staccato Boutique Sweater Pullover Staccato Boutique rights and privileges.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Staccato Boutique Sweater Boutique Staccato Pullover Pullover French démocratie < Late LatinChildish Tie Coat Sleeves Bow Long with Hooded Zippered Plain Pockets Flap 5rT50q4 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·cyFloral Embroidered Stripes Shirt Up Long Stand Collar Placket Sleeve rrWq4zPHd, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Staccato Pullover Boutique Sweater Pullover Staccato 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 FrenchArrival Cartoon Long Santa Print Hoodie New Claus Sleeve q7nTO5xqdS Pullover Staccato Pullover Boutique Sweater Staccato Boutique démocratie (14c.), from Sweater Pullover Staccato Staccato Pullover Boutique Boutique Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Sweater Boutique Boutique Staccato Pullover Staccato Pullover "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 Staccato Boutique Boutique Pullover Pullover Sweater Staccato government which he Sweater Pullover Staccato Boutique Boutique Staccato Pullover 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 Pullover Staccato Pullover Boutique Staccato Boutique Sweater vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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