Definitions for democracydɪˈmɒk rə si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•moc•ra•cydɪˈmɒk rə si(n.)(pl.)-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.

    Category: Government

  2. a state having such a form of government.

    Category: Government

  3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

    Category: Government

  4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.

    Category: Government

  5. the common people, esp. with respect to their political power.

    Category: Government

Origin of democracy:

1525–35; < MF démocratie < LL dēmocratia < Gk dēmokratía popular government; see demo -, -cracy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. democracy(noun)

    the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives

  2. democracy, republic, commonwealth(noun)

    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them

  3. majority rule, democracy(noun)

    the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. democracy(noun)ɪˈmɒk rə si

    the form of government in which all people can vote for representatives

    making democracy work for everyone

  2. democracyɪˈmɒk rə si

    a country that has this form of government

    We live in a democracy.; emerging democracies


  1. democracy(Noun)

    Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly or through elected representatives (representative democracy).

  2. democracy(Noun)

    A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.

  3. democracy(Noun)

    Belief in political freedom and equality; the "spirit of democracy".

  4. Origin: from democratie (French démocratie), from democratia, from δημοκρατία, from δῆμος + κράτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Democracy(noun)

    government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people

  2. Democracy(noun)

    government by popular representation; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but is indirectly exercised through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed; a constitutional representative government; a republic

  3. Democracy(noun)

    collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government

  4. Democracy(noun)

    the principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called


  1. Democracy

    Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination. The term originates from the Greek δημοκρατία "rule of the people", which was coined from δῆμος "people" and κράτος "power" or "rule" in the 5th century BCE to denote the political systems then existing in Greek city-states, notably Athens; the term is an antonym to ἀριστοκρατία "rule of an elite". While theoretically these definitions are in opposition, in practice the distinction has been blurred historically. The political system of Classical Athens, for example, granted democratic citizenship to an elite class of free men and excluded slaves and women from political participation. In virtually all democratic governments throughout ancient and modern history, democratic citizenship consisted of an elite class until full enfranchisement was won for all adult citizens in most modern democracies through the suffrage movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. The English word dates to the 16th century, from the older Middle French and Middle Latin equivalents.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Democracy

    has been defined to be government of the people by the people and for the people, or as a State in which the government rests directly with the majority of the citizens, but this under the protest of some that it is not an end but a means "to the attainment of a truer and truer aristocracy, or government again by the Best."

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. democracy

    1. A form of government by popular ignorance. 2. The dwarf's paradise. 3. Any political system where male votes are substitutes for brains. (This word comes from the Abracadabra: "demo," lungs; "crazy," to rule; hence, to rule by caloric.)

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Democracy

    A system of government in which there is free and equal participation by the people in the political decision-making process.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A mysterious country, bounded on the east by Richard Olney, on the west by Willie Bryan, on the north by Dave Hill and on the south by Bennie Pitchfork Tillman.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2466

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2661

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'democracy' in Nouns Frequency: #999

Translations for democracy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a country having) a form of government in which the people freely elect representatives to govern them

Which is the world's largest democracy?; He believes in democracy.

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