democracy

 /dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ/


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
de•moc•ra•cy /dɪˈmɑkrəsi/USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -cies.
  1. [uncountable] government by the people;
    a form of government in which the supreme power rests with the people and is used directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. [countable] a state, country, or nation having such a form of government.
  3. [uncountable] a state or condition of society in which there is formal equality of rights and privileges:democracy in the workplace.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

democracy /dɪˈmɒkrəsɪ/ n ( pl -cies)
  1. government by the people or their elected representatives
  2. a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
  3. the practice or spirit of social equality
  4. a social condition of classlessness and equality
Etymology: 16th Century: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy



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