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; spirit.
the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.
noun (pl) -cies
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
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.
Note: Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. Such constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
an advocate of democracy. a person who believes in the political or social equality of all people. (initial capital letter) Politics. a member of the Democratic Party. a member of the Democratic-Republican Party. Also called democrat wagon. a high, lightweight, horse-drawn wagon, usually having two seats. Mount, a mountain in central Colorado, in the Park […]
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. Contemporary Examples […]
of or relating to a substance that is used in the treatment of mood disorders, as characterized by various manic or depressive affects. Also called energizer, psychic energizer. any such substance, as a tricyclic antidepressant, MAO inhibitor, or lithium. Contemporary Examples “antidepressant drugs, for me, they’re like antibiotics ,” he says. Do Antidepressants Make You […]
the act of . the state of being . a or sunken place or part; an area lower than the surrounding surface. sadness; gloom; dejection. Psychiatry. a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Compare . dullness or inactivity, as of trade. Economics. […]