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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 ?
And does not tyranny spring from democracy in the same manner as democracy from oligarchy--I mean, after a sort?
And democracy has her own good, of which the insatiable desire brings her to dissolution?
Freedom, I replied; which, as they tell you in a democracy, is the glory of the State--and that therefore in a democracy alone will the freeman of nature deign to dwell.
I was going to observe, that the insatiable desire of this and the neglect of other things introduces the change in democracy, which occasions a demand for tyranny.
When a democracy which is thirsting for freedom has evil cupbearers presiding over the feast, and has drunk too deeply of the strong wine of freedom, then, unless her rulers are very amenable and give a plentiful draught, she calls them to account and punishes them, and says that they are cursed oligarchs.
That is what I am doing, I replied; and I must add that no one who does not know would believe, how much greater is the liberty which the animals who are under the dominion of man have in a democracy than in any other State: for truly, the she-dogs, as the proverb says, are as good as their she-mistresses, and the horses and asses have a way of marching along with all the rights and dignities of freemen; and they will run at anybody who comes in their way if he does not leave the road clear for them: and all things are just ready to burst with liberty.
And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty?
That, however, was not, as I believe, your question-you rather desired to know what is that disorder which is generated alike in oligarchy and democracy, and is the ruin of both?
Then, in order that we may see clearly what we are doing, let us imagine democracy to be divided, as indeed it is, into three classes; for in the first place freedom creates rather more drones in the democratic than there were in the oligarchical State.
And in the democracy they are certainly more intensified.
Because in the oligarchical State they are disqualified and driven from office, and therefore they cannot train or gather strength; whereas in a democracy they are almost the entire ruling power, and while the keener sort speak and act, the rest keep buzzing about the bema and do not suffer a word to be said on the other side; hence in democracies almost everything is managed by the drones.
The same difficulty occurs, should it ever happen that the poor compose a smaller part of the people than the rich, but from their superior abilities acquire the supreme power; for this is what they call an oligarchy; it should seem then that our definition of the different states was not correct: nay, moreover, could any one suppose that the majority of the people were poor, and the minority rich, and then describe the state in this manner, that an oligarchy was a government in which the rich, being few in number, possessed the supreme power, and that a democracy was a state in which the poor, being many in number, possessed it, still there will be another difficulty; for what name shall we give to those states we have been describing?