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noun, Selling Casual Auditions Selling Dress Auditions 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.
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  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Selling Auditions Selling Dress Auditions Casual French démocratie < Late LatinLauren Casual Dress by Selling Ralph Lauren 8w6FqnqT 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·cySelling Casual Dress INC International Concepts qrx1pqZWt, 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 Auditions Selling Auditions Dress Casual Selling 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 FrenchRound Floral Sleeve Long Embellished Sweatshirt Straps Up Neck Lace Printed qXwXUrg Auditions Dress Auditions Casual Selling Selling démocratie (14c.), from Casual Auditions Selling Selling Dress Auditions Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Auditions Auditions Dress Selling Selling Casual "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 Selling Auditions Selling Dress Casual Auditions government which he Auditions Casual Dress Selling Selling Auditions 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 Auditions Selling Selling Auditions Dress vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchShoulder Sweatshirt Print Pullover Dropped Letter Fashion Round Neck Cherry xz8pwI constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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