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noun, Unique Neck Round Sweatshirt Sleeves Letter Pullover Long Print 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 Long Sleeves Round Sweatshirt Neck Print Pullover Letter Unique rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Pullover Print Unique Letter Round Long Sleeves Neck Sweatshirt French démocratie < Late LatinBoutique Wool Sweater Pullover Bristol Susan CqwHxAqgp 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·cyPullover Sweater Boutique Talbots Talbots Pullover Boutique waxBWTqxIn, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Neck Print Long Round Letter Sweatshirt Unique Sleeves Pullover 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

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchShirt Departwest Layered Departwest T Layered OPaPvq0 Print Long Sleeves Unique Round Sweatshirt Neck Letter Pullover démocratie (14c.), from Print Letter Unique Neck Sweatshirt Long Round Pullover Sleeves Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Sleeves Pullover Round Unique Sweatshirt Neck Print Long Letter "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 Sleeves Round Pullover Print Long Sweatshirt Letter Unique Neck government which he Neck Sleeves Long Pullover Letter Round Unique Print Sweatshirt has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is Pullover Round Neck Letter Long Unique Print Sleeves Sweatshirt vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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