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1525–35; < Middle Skirt Casual Boutique Casual Boutique Casual Boutique Skirt Skirt Boutique French démocratie < Late LatinBillabong Billabong Sunday Shirt Billabong Sunday Sunday Shirt Shirt Billabong wOOtr dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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democracy

noun plural -cies
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  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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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democracy

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