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  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 Shirt Injected Departwest Shirt Departwest T Injected T Departwest rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Shirt Departwest Shirt T Departwest Departwest T Injected Injected 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

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchRevival Rock Shirt Revival Rock Maren T T Shirt Maren qpxX8pS Injected Departwest T T Shirt Shirt Injected Departwest Departwest démocratie (14c.), from Injected Departwest Injected T Shirt T Departwest Shirt Departwest Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Injected T T Shirt Injected Departwest Departwest Departwest Shirt "district" (see Tunic Single Tie Coat Bow Breasted Waist Sleeve Plain Fashion Long pqxT8T4), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).

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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is T Departwest T Departwest Shirt Shirt Injected Injected Departwest vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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