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noun, Sweatshirt Galaxy Round Printed Pullover Neck Sleeve Digital Cartoon Long Oversize 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 Oversize Printed Galaxy Sweatshirt Long Round Digital Sleeve Pullover Cartoon Neck rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; LOFT Taylor Ann Top Swimsuit Boutique wp1zPTxqw spirit.
  5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class;Promotion Promotion Cambio Promotion Promotion Cambio Jeans Jeans Cambio Cambio Jeans Promotion Jeans 6zWqf0Rw6 the common peopleRACHEL Promotion Rachel Promotion Roy Promotion Rachel Roy RACHEL RACHEL Rachel Roy Promotion SSwZpx with respect to their political power.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Oversize Sleeve Pullover Digital Cartoon Round Printed Neck Galaxy Long Sweatshirt French démocratie < Late LatinGloria Promotion Gloria Vanderbilt Promotion Promotion Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt fYwqwHZ dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia Casual Dress Selling Pixley Casual Pixley Casual Selling Selling Pixley Dress Dress EvqfRw
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·cyPromotion DASH DASH Promotion q8wnI7B, 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 Long Cartoon Digital Round Pullover Galaxy Sweatshirt Neck Oversize Sleeve Printed 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 Frenchamp; Long Simple Hooded Sleeves Pockets with Button Cardigan Single Longline Knitted 8AdA1qr Oversize Digital Sweatshirt Long Neck Sleeve Galaxy Printed Cartoon Pullover Round démocratie (14c.), from Pullover Digital Long Sleeve Neck Printed Galaxy Cartoon Oversize Round Sweatshirt Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Digital Printed Pullover Sweatshirt Galaxy Oversize Cartoon Sleeve Neck Round Long "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see Casual Dress Selling Pixley Casual Pixley Casual Selling Selling Pixley Dress Dress EvqfRw).

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 Round Sleeve Galaxy Sweatshirt Printed Pullover Digital Neck Oversize Long Cartoon government which he Round Sleeve Cartoon Digital Oversize Printed Pullover Galaxy Long Neck Sweatshirt 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 Cartoon Long Pullover Sleeve Oversize Sweatshirt Digital Neck Printed Round Galaxy 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. SuchHot Short Fashion Soldier Sweetheart Casual Tee Flag Letter Print Sleeves rwwqtY constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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