democracy[di mäk′rə sē]
The government of the United States is a form of democracy.
An example of democracy is the type of government in the United States.
- government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled
- a country, state, etc. with such government
- majority rule
- the principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle
- the common people, esp. as the wielders of political power
Origin of democracyFrench démocratie ; from Medieval Latin democratia ; from Classical Greek dēmokratia ; from dēmos, the people (; from Indo-European an unverified form damos, a division of the people ; from base an unverified form da-, to cut, divide from source tide) + kratein, to rule ; from kratos, strength: see hard
- Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.
- A political or social unit that has such a government.
- The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.
- Majority rule.
- The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.
Origin of democracyFrench démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratiā : dēmos, people; see dā- in Indo-European roots + -kratiā, -cracy.
- (uncountable) Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).
- (countable, government) A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.
- (uncountable) Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".
demo- + -cracy, from Middle French democratie (French démocratie), from Medieval Latin democratia, from Ancient Greek δημοκρατία (dēmokratia), from δῆμος (dēmos, “common people", "assembly of the people”) + κράτος (kratos, “rule, strength”).