- 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.
- a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
- a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
- political or social equality; democratic spirit.
- the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
Origin of democracy
Related Wordsjustice, freedom, equality, commonwealth, suffrage, emancipation, republic, equalitarianism, egalitarianism
Examples from the Web for democracy
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Thomas Piketty raised the Big Questions this year about democracy and inequality.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
He is a representative of the Free Russia Foundation, an organization which aims to rebuild freedom and democracy in Russia.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
If the noble experiment of American democracy is to mean anything, it is fidelity to the principle of freedom.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
“She is the one the left has the relationship with,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America.The Race to Be Hillary’s Karl Rove
November 26, 2014
The Constitution of 1787 did not make our democracy impotent.
The most important tasks of a democracy are done by everyone.
When a people really means to do something, it must resort to democracy.
This democracy will not do; this it is not now doing, and this it never will attempt.
I say with a stick, not with sticks, for that is the whole argument about democracy.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
- government by the people or their elected representatives
- a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
- the practice or spirit of social equality
- a social condition of classlessness and equality
- the common people, esp as a political force
Word Origin and History for democracy
1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally "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 government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.