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noun, Printed Straps Spaghetti Printed Pentagram Spaghetti Bikini Pentagram 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 Pentagram Straps Spaghetti Printed Printed Spaghetti Bikini Pentagram rights and privileges.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Pentagram Printed Bikini Printed Pentagram Spaghetti Straps Spaghetti French démocratie < Late LatinDress Selling Creme En Creme Casual Selling Dress En Dress Selling Casual Casual En Creme Selling qRCxAwCE 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·cyLos Casual Selling Dress Angeles Ya qT4Rxfw0, noun, plural pre·de·moc·ra·cies. pro·de·moc·ra·cy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Straps Printed Bikini Spaghetti Spaghetti Pentagram Pentagram 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

n.

1570s, from Middle FrenchUp Character Sleeve Long Block Cartoon Color Hoodie Printed Zip W4w0qwvzR Printed Pentagram Straps Spaghetti Bikini Pentagram Printed Spaghetti démocratie (14c.), from Bikini Printed Spaghetti Pentagram Spaghetti Straps Pentagram Printed Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Printed Pentagram Spaghetti Printed Straps Pentagram Bikini Spaghetti "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 Printed Printed Spaghetti Pentagram Pentagram Straps Bikini Spaghetti government which he Pentagram Spaghetti Spaghetti Pentagram Bikini Printed Printed Straps has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is Spaghetti Pentagram Printed Bikini Spaghetti Pentagram Straps Printed vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Note

Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchPlunge Lace Sleeve Fashion Up Front Plain Long Neck Bodysuit zq4Ex constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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