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de·moc·ra·cy

 (dĭ-mŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies
1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
2. A political or social unit that has such a government.
3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
4. Majority rule.
5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

[French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratiā : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.]

democracy

(dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by the people or their elected representatives
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
3. (Sociology) the practice or spirit of social equality
4. (Sociology) a social condition of classlessness and equality
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the common people, esp as a political force
[C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy]

de•moc•ra•cy

(dɪˈmɒk rə si)

n., pl. -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.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5. the common people, esp. with respect to their political power.
[1525–35; < Middle French démocratie < Late Latin dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government; see demo-, -cracy]

democracy

a form of government in which sovereign power resides in the people and is exercised by them or by officers they elect to represent them. Cf. republicanism.democrat, n.democratic, adj.
See also: Government

Democracy

 the population of a democratic state; the common people; the members of the U. S. Democratic Party collectively, 1868.

democracy

A form of government in which power is held by the people or exercised on their behalf by elected representatives.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.democracy - the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representativesdemocracy - the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives
ideology, political orientation, political theory - an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation
2.democracy - a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent themdemocracy - a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
Weimar Republic - the German republic founded at Weimar in 1919; "The Weimar Republic was overthrown in 1933 and replaced by the Third Reich"
parliamentary democracy - a democracy having a parliament
form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
3.democracy - the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole groupdemocracy - the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school

democracy

noun self-government, republic, commonwealth, autonomy, representative government, constitutional government, government by the people, elective government the spread of democracy in Eastern Europe
Quotations
"To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary" [Abraham Lincoln speech]
"My notion of democracy is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest" [Ghandi Non-Violence in Peace and War]
"Democracy ... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike" [Plato The Republic]
"Democracy is the superior form of government, because it is based on a respect for man as a reasonable being" [John F. Kennedy Why England Slept]
"Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking" [Clement Atlee Anatomy of Britain]
"Democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time" [Winston Churchill speech]
"Democracy is the name we give the people whenever we need them" [Robert, Marquis de Flers and Arman de Caillavet L'habit vert]
"Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few" [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
"government of the people, by the people, and for the people" [Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address]
"Democratic nations care but little for what has been, but they are haunted by visions of what will be" [Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America]
"Two Cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism. Two cheers are quite enough: there is no occasion to give three" [E.M. Forster Two Cheers for Democracy]
Translations
دِيـمُقْرَاطِيَّةديموقْراطِيَّه، حُكْم الشَّعْب
демокрация
demokracie
demokrati
demokraatia
demokratiakansanvalta
demokracija
demokrácia
demokrasi
lýðræðilÿîræîi, lÿîræîisríki
民主主義民主
민주주의
democratia
demokratijademokratinė šalisdemokratinisdemokratiškaidemokratiškas
demokrātija, demokrātisms
demokracia
demokracija
demokrati
ประชาธิปไตย
sự dân chủ

democracy

[dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ] Ndemocracia f

democracy

[dɪˈmɒkrəsi] ndémocratie f parliamentary democracy

democracy

nDemokratie f

democracy

[dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ] ndemocrazia

democracy

(diˈmokrəsi) plural deˈmocracies noun
(a country having) a form of government in which the people freely elect representatives to govern them. Which is the world's largest democracy?; He believes in democracy.
democrat (ˈdeməkrӕt) noun
one who believes in democracy as a principle. She likes to pretend she's a democrat.
democratic (deməˈkrӕtik) adjective
(negative undemocratic).
1. belonging to, governed by or typical of democracy. a democratic country.
2. believing in equal rights and privileges for all. The boss is very democratic.
democratically (deməˈkrӕtikəli) adverb
(negative undemocratically) following democratic principles. The issue was decided democratically by taking a general vote.

democracy

دِيـمُقْرَاطِيَّة demokracie demokrati Demokratie δημοκρατία democracia demokratia démocratie demokracija democrazia 民主主義 민주주의 democratie demokrati demokracja democracia демократия demokrati ประชาธิปไตย demokrasi sự dân chủ 民主
References in classic literature ?
So far as a demeanour of natural authority was concerned, the mother country need not have been ashamed to see these foremost men of an actual democracy adopted into the House of Peers, or make the Privy Council of the Sovereign.
It was the whaleman who first broke through the jealous policy of the Spanish crown, touching those colonies; and, if space permitted, it might be distinctly shown how from those whalemen at last eventuated the liberation of Peru, Chili, and Bolivia from the yoke of Old Spain, and the establishment of the eternal democracy in those parts.
And now in the union Jurgis met men who explained all this mystery to him; and he learned that America differed from Russia in that its government existed under the form of a democracy.
The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.
I quite sympathize with the rage of the English democracy against what they call the vices of the upper orders.
And it was still an unsolved problem whether or not the United States could be kept united, whether or not it could be built into an organic nation without losing the spirit of self-help and democracy.
A spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy, that brings forth the vision and courage to reinvent America.
Fresh in the memory of the Athenians, and detestable as they deserved to be to the newly restored democracy, were the names of Alcibiades, Critias, Charmides.
The crimes of Alcibiades, Critias, and Charmides, who had been his pupils, were still recent in the memory of the now restored democracy.
From this view of the subject it may be concluded that a pure democracy, by which I mean a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person, can admit of no cure for the mischiefs of faction.
We have seen above, that the first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling as to win the battle of democracy.
Morison could sleep at all in the midst of the savage jungle was sufficient indication that he had changed considerably in the past twenty-four hours, and that he could lie close beside a none-too-fragrant black man spoke of possibilities for democracy within him yet all undreamed of.