Democracy Definition

dĭ-mŏkrə-sē
democracies
noun
democracies
Government in which the people hold the ruling power either directly or through elected representatives; rule by the ruled.
Webster's New World
A country, state, etc. with such government.
Webster's New World
Majority rule.
Webster's New World
The common people, esp. as the wielders of political power.
Webster's New World
The principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
commonwealthrepublicmajority-rulefreedomequalitydemocratic spiritrepublicanismpopular suffragefreedom of religionpolitical equalitysocial equalityjusticeparliamentarianismconstitutionalismrugged individualism
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Other Word Forms of Democracy

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democracy
Plural:
democracies

Origin 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • French démocratie from Late Latin dēmocratia from Greek dēmokratiā dēmos people dā- in Indo-European roots -kratiā -cracy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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