- a member of the Democratic Party.
- the Dems, the Democratic Party.
Origin of Dem
1830–40, Americanism; shortening of Democrat(def 3a)
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Examples from the Web for dem
By my count, this is at least the third time a Dem Senate leader has threatened to revisit rules reform.Why Harry Reid Won't Kill the Filibuster to Get a Vote on Gun Control
April 9, 2013
He never faced a good debater in 2008 in McCain, and the Dem primary was a whole other animal.Obama Should Have Spent More Time in Court, Ctd.
October 5, 2012
Obama pushing assault-weapons ban, Harry Reid not buying (Obama emasculated even by a Dem).The Alternative Universe Where Mitt Romney Is A Cool Guy
July 26, 2012
One of our group announced she would oppose him in the Dem primary.How the People in My District Got Stupak to Change His Mind
March 22, 2010
"Spec she's taken dem dogs a walkin'," said black Deborah unconcernedly.The Inn at the Red Oak
I point to dem sojers an say, "Sic him, General Lee, sic him."
I had three atter her, an' Frank wus proud of dem as could be.
A Yankee come to my oldest sister an' said, 'Whur is dem horses?'
But there sho' was birds an' possums on de Sound in dem days.
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Word Origin and History for dem
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