Complete Definition of "democracy"

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Etymology
From MF. term|democratie (French term|démocratie) < ML. term|democratia < AGr. term|cspolytonic|δημοκÏάÏια|trdÄmokrátia < term|scpolytonic|δήμοÏ|trdá¸mos||common people < PIE. *term||da-mo-|division < PIE. base *term||da-|to divide, cut up + Ancient Greek term|scpolytonic|κÏάÏοÏ|trkrátos||rule, strength < PIE. *term||kratus|strength.

Pronunciation
IPA|/dɪËmÉkɹÉsi/

Noun
en-noun|democrac|ies

  1. uncountable Rule by the people, especially as a form of government; either directly, as in Ancient Greece, or through elected representatives as in many modern societies (representative democracy).

#* 1866, J. Arthur Partridge, On Democracy, Trübner & Co., page 2:
#*: And the essential value and power of Democracy consists in this,âthat it combines, as far as possible, power and organization ; THE SPIRIT, MANHOOD, is at one with THE BODY, ORGANIZATION. [....] Democracy is Government by the People.
#* 1901, The American Historical Review, American Historical Association, page 260:
#*: The period, that is, which marks the transition from absolutism or aristocracy to democracy will mark also the transition from absolutist or autocratic methods of nomination to democratic methods.
#* 1921, James Bryce Bryce, Modern Democracies, The Macmillan Company, page 1:
#*: A century ago there was in the Old World only one tiny spot in which the working of democracy could be studied. A few of the ancient rural cantons of Switzerland had recovered their freedom after the fall of Napoleon, and were governing themselves as they had done from the earlier Middle Ages[...]. Nowhere else in Europe did the people rule.

  1. countable|government A government under the direct or representative rule of the people of its jurisdiction.

#* 2003, Fareed Zakaria, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, W. W. Norton & Company, page 13:
#*: In 1900 not a single country had what we would today consider a democracy: a government created by elections in which every adult citizen could vote.

  1. rfv-sense uncountable Belief in political freedom and equality; the spirit of democracy.

#* 1915, George William Coleman, Democracy in the Making: Ford Hall and the Open Forum Movement: a Symposium, p259
#*: You cannot separate God and democracy... For if we believe in democracy, we believe in God's purpose...
#* 1918, Charles Horton Cooley, âA Primary Culture for Democracyâ, in Publications of the American Sociological Society 13, p8
#*: As states of the human spirit democracy, righteousness, and faith have much in common and may be cultivated by the same means...
#* 1919, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, The Spirit of Russia: Studies in History, Literature and Philosophy, Macmillan, p446
#*: It must further be admitted that he provided a successful interpretation of democracy in its philosophic aspects when he conceived democracy as a general outlook on the universe... In Bakunin's conception of democracy as religious in character we trace the influence of French socialism.
#* 1996, Petre Roman, The Spirit of Democracy and the Fabric of NATO - The New European Democracies and NATO Enlargement, p1
#*: The spirit of democracy means, above all, liberty of choice for human beings... democracy, in both its individual and collective forms, is the main engine of the eternal human striving for justice and prosperity.
#* 2000, SpiritOfDemocracy.com
#*: âDonât teach us the structures of democracy, we know all about the structures of democracy; teach us the spirit of democracy

Translations
trans-top|rule by the people
Esperanto: demokratio
Finnish: t-|fi|kansanvalta, t+|fi|demokratia
Greek: t+|el|δημοκÏαÏία|f|sc=Grek (dimokratía)
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Korean: ko-inline|민주|minju|4=æ°ä¸»
Kurdish: KUchar|دÛÙÙکراتÛÙâت
Malayalam: à´à´¨à´¾à´§à´¿à´ªà´¤àµà´¯à´ (janaadhipathyam)
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trans-top|government under the rule of its people
Bosnian: t-|bs|demokratija|f
Breton: demokratelezh f
Bulgarian: демокÑаÑÐ¸Ñ f
Chinese: æ°ä¸» (mínzhÇ)
Catalan: democràcia ,f
Czech: t+|cs|demokracie|f
Danish: demokrati n
Dutch: t+|nl|democratie|f
Esperanto: demokratia Åtatformo
Estonian: t-|et|demokraatia
Finnish: t+|fi|demokratia
French: t+|fr|démocratie|f
German: t+|de|Demokratie|f
Greek: t+|el|δημοκÏαÏία|f|sc=Grek (dimokratía)
Hebrew: ×××קר××× (demoqrat'ia) f
Hindi: [lokatantra]
Icelandic: t-|is|lýðræði
Indonesian: t+|id|demokrasi|xs=Indonesian
Irish: daonláthas
Italian: t+|it|democrazia
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Japanese: æ°ä¸»ä¸»ç¾© (minshushugi)
Korean: ko-inline|민주 ì ì²´|minju jeongche|4=æ°ä¸» æ¿é«
Latin: democratia f
Latvian: demokrÄtija f
Lithuanian: t-|lt|demokratija|f|xs=Lithuanian
Macedonian: ÐемокÑаÑиÑа f
Maltese: demokrazija f?
Norwegian: demokrati n
Polish: demokracja f
Portuguese: t+|pt|democracia|f
Romanian: democraţie
Russian: демокÑаÑÐ¸Ñ (demokrátija) f
Scottish Gaelic: daonfhlaitheas m, sluagh-fhlaitheas m
Serbian:

Spanish: t-|es|democracia|f
Swedish: demokrati
Telugu: à°ªà±à°°à°à°¾à°¸à±à°µà°¾à°®à±à°¯à° (prajaasvaamyaM)
Ukrainian: демокÑаÑÑÑ f
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ttbc|Afrikaans: demokrasie
ttbc|Belarusian: дÑмакÑаÑÑÑ f
ttbc|Bengali: à¦à¦£à¦¤à¦¨à§à¦¤à§à¦°
ttbc|Malay: demokrasi
ttbc|Persian: FAchar|ÙردÙâساÙØ§Ø±Û (mardomsÄlÄrÄ«)
ttbc|Macedonian: демокÑаÑиÑа f

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