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:
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.
opposed to the principles or practice of democracy: anti-democratic forces
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
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.
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 Many of those who die have alcohol, antidepressants, and/or pain medications in their bloodstreams […]
an island at the head of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in E Canada, in E Quebec province. 135 miles (217 km) long; 3043 sq. mi. (7880 sq. km). Historical Examples The coast of Anticosti is cheerless, and it is possible even to tire of sun and water. Romany of the Snows Gilbert Parker The […]
an intestinal disorder characterized by abnormal frequency and fluidity of fecal evacuations. n. late 14c., from Old French diarrie, from Late Latin diarrhoea, from Greek diarrhoia “diarrhea” (coined by Hippocrates), literally “a flowing through,” from diarrhein “to flow through,” from dia- “through” (see dia-) + rhein “to flow” (see rheum). Respelled 16c. from diarria on […]
antidiuresis antidiuresis an·ti·di·u·re·sis (ān’tē-dī’ə-rē’sĭs, ān’tī-) n. The reduction of urinary volume.