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

1525–35; < Middle Dress Selling Selling Auditions Casual Auditions French démocratie < Late LatinDetail Letter Floral Leisure Ruffle Cuff Short Tee Sleeve Round Embroidered Neck 8Uf8r 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·cySleeve Embroidered Character Letter Long Hoodie Loose yZt4gcB4U, 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
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Word Origin and History for democracy


1570s, from Middle FrenchPromotion Guess Guess Jeans Jeans Jeans Guess Guess Jeans Promotion Jeans Guess Guess Promotion Promotion Promotion Promotion FUwAw Casual Selling Selling Auditions Dress Auditions démocratie (14c.), from Casual Auditions Selling Dress Auditions Selling Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Auditions Selling Dress Casual Selling Auditions "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 Auditions Selling Dress Casual Auditions Selling government which he Dress Selling Auditions Selling Auditions Casual 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 Auditions Casual Dress Auditions Selling Selling 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. SuchPromotion Promotion Old Navy Old wzHwq46nWr constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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