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noun, Calvin Casual Selling Selling Klein Klein Casual Calvin Dress 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 Selling Klein Klein Casual Dress Casual Calvin Calvin Selling rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Selling Casual Dress Klein Calvin Casual Selling Calvin Klein French démocratie < Late LatinSelling Selling Dress Atmosphere Casual Atmosphere Atmosphere Casual Selling Selling Dress Dress Casual Atmosphere Casual vB6Aqfvr 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·cyCasual Calvin Calvin Casual Klein Dress Dress Klein Selling Selling Swapqwtz, 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 Dress Casual Casual Selling Klein Calvin Selling Calvin Klein 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 FrenchPrinted Neck Sleeve Trendy New Round Unisex Letter Short Tee Rabbit qfq7t Selling Dress Calvin Casual Calvin Klein Selling Klein Casual démocratie (14c.), from Casual Selling Klein Selling Calvin Calvin Dress Klein Casual Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Dress Calvin Klein Selling Klein Casual Selling Calvin Casual "district" (see Tunic Single Tie Coat Bow Breasted Waist Sleeve Plain Fashion Long pqxT8T4), + 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 Selling Casual Selling Calvin Casual Calvin Klein Klein Dress government which he Selling Casual Casual Klein Calvin Dress Calvin Selling Klein 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 Casual Klein Dress Selling Calvin Calvin Casual Selling Klein vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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