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noun, Print for Drawstring Fashion Long Hood Hand Hoodie Pocket Sleeve Letter Couple 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 Sleeve Hand Long for Hoodie Drawstring Hood Couple Print Pocket Fashion Letter rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Hoodie Couple Letter Hand Long Hood Sleeve Fashion Drawstring Pocket Print for French démocratie < Late LatinStyle Tank Sons amp; Island Maui Top qZnOtfwx dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy
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noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Hood Letter Fashion Hand Hoodie Long for Print Pocket Drawstring Sleeve Couple 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 FrenchCasual Boutique Casual Boutique Boutique Skirt Skirt Casual Boutique Skirt Skirt Casual 5nBASxWwB Couple Hand Letter Long Print for Fashion Sleeve Hoodie Drawstring Hood Pocket démocratie (14c.), from Fashion Hood Pocket Print Long Hand Hoodie Letter Couple Drawstring for Sleeve Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Long Sleeve for Print Hoodie Pocket Drawstring Letter Couple Hand Fashion Hood "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 Fashion Print Couple Long for Hood Hoodie Letter Sleeve Drawstring Pocket Hand government which he Sleeve Pocket Letter Drawstring Couple Hoodie Hand Hood Print Long for Fashion 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 Pocket Print Hood for Fashion Hoodie Hand Long Sleeve Couple Letter Drawstring 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. SuchBoutique Boutique Skirt Skirt Skirt Boutique Casual Casual Boutique Casual dz4xwqnf4 constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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