WORD ORIGIN adjective pertaining to or of the nature of democracy or a democracy. pertaining to or characterized by the principle of political or social equality for all: democratic treatment. advocating or upholding democracy. ( initial capital letter) . Politics of, relating to, or characteristic of the Democratic Party. of, relating to, or belonging to the Democratic-Republican Party.
dem·o·crat·i·cal. Origin of democratic 1595–1605;
Medieval Latin dēmocraticus,
-ikos -ic Related forms dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb an·ti·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective an·ti·dem·o·crat·i·cal, adjective an·ti·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb half-dem·o·crat·ic, adjective hy·per·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective non·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective non·dem·o·crat·i·cal, adjective non·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb pre·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective pro·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective pseu·do-Dem·o·crat·ic, adjective pseu·do·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective pseu·do·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb qua·si-dem·o·crat·ic, adjective qua·si-dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb su·per·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective su·per·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb un·dem·o·crat·ic, adjective un·dem·o·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for antidemocratic adjective opposed to the principles or practice of democracy anti-democratic forces adjective of, characterized by, derived from, or relating to the principles of democracy upholding or favouring democracy or the interests of the common people popular with or for the benefit of all democratic sports Derived Forms democratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antidemocratic adj.
c.1600, from French
démocratique, from Medieval Latin democraticus, from Greek demokratikos "of or for democracy; favoring democracy," from demokratia (see democracy). Earlier was democratian (1570s).
As a political faction name, from 1790 in reference to France. U.S. political usage (with a capital
D) attested from c.1800. The party originally was the Anti-Federal party, then the Democratic-Republican ( Democratic for short). It formed among those opposed to extensive powers for the U.S. federal government. The name of the party was not formally shortened to Democratic until 1829. Democratic socialism is attested from 1849.
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