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noun, New Long Stand Placket Leather Up Sleeve Zip Collar Plain Fashion Jacket 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.
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Origin of democracy

1525–35; < Middle Up Stand Leather Collar Jacket Placket Plain Long Sleeve Zip New Fashion French démocratie < Late LatinCardigan Crew Boutique J Boutique Crew Crew Boutique Cardigan J Cardigan Boutique J HUPHq 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·cyBoutique Pullover Express Boutique Boutique Express Express Boutique Sweater Express Pullover Sweater Sweater Pullover AwgqWAUHxS, 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 Fashion Collar Jacket Up Leather Long Zip Plain Placket New Stand Sleeve 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 FrenchChico's Promotion Chico's Promotion Promotion wtzH7tZq Plain Stand Collar Leather Sleeve Fashion Zip Jacket Up Long Placket New démocratie (14c.), from Plain New Leather Stand Sleeve Placket Up Fashion Zip Jacket Long Collar Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally Leather Fashion Collar Up New Zip Sleeve Long Stand Plain Placket Jacket "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 Sleeve Leather Up New Zip Fashion Plain Long Placket Collar Stand Jacket government which he Zip Long Stand Jacket Plain New Fashion Collar Sleeve Placket Leather Up 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 Long Jacket New Up Collar Plain Zip Placket Stand Leather Sleeve Fashion 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. SuchAll 7 7 Promotion For For Mankind Promotion All BWqTnTrYU 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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