• WordNet 3.6
    • n democracy the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
    • n democracy the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives
    • n democracy a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Democracy Collectively, the people, regarded as the source of government.
    • Democracy Government by popular representation; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained by the people, but is indirectly exercised through a system of representation and delegated authority periodically renewed; a constitutional representative government; a republic.
    • Democracy Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people.
    • Democracy The principles and policy of the Democratic party, so called.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n democracy Government by the people; a system of government in which the sovereign power of the state is vested in the people as a whole, and is exercised directly by them or their elected agents.
    • n democracy A state or civil body in which the people themselves exercise all legislative authority, and confer all executive and judicial powers, either by direct collective action or through elected representatives. Athens and some of the other ancient Greek states, and, within the limits of their power, the canton of Appenzell in Switzerland and the towns of the northern United States, are instances of democracies of the first class. In democratic republics generally, however, all power is exercised by delegated authority. See repuiblic.
    • n democracy Political and social equality in general; a state of society in which no hereditary differences of rank or privilege are recognized: opposed to aristocracy.
    • n democracy [capitalized] In United States political history:
    • n democracy The system of principles held by the Democratic party. See democratic.
    • n democracy The members of the Democratic party collectively.
    • n democracy In a collective sense, the people; especially, the people regarded as exercising political powers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Democracy de-mok′ra-si a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people collectively, and is administered by them or by officers appointed by them: the people, esp. the common people in the United States, the democratic party—also Democ′raty (Milt.)
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  • Dave Barry
    Dave Barry
    “Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “The worst thing I can say about democracy is that it has tolerated the Right Honorable Gentleman for four and a half years.”
  • Robert Bianco
    Robert Bianco
    “We once worried that democracy could not survive if an undereducated populace knew too little. Now we worry if it can survive us knowing too much.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.”
  • Meg Greenfield
    Meg Greenfield
    “Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.”
  • Langston Hughes
    Langston Hughes
    “I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. démocratie, fr. Gr. dhmokrati`a; dh^mos the people + kratei^n to be strong, to rule, kra`tos strength
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—Gr. dēmokratiadēmos, the people, and kratein, to rule—kratos, strength.


In literature:

Democracy in America was a victor, and the republic had been established.
"The Spirit of Lafayette" by James Mott Hallowell
The world must be made safe for democracy.
"In Our First Year of the War" by Woodrow Wilson
There is more or less talk nowadays about Industrial Democracy.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
It is scarcely too much to call Thomas Paine the Rousseau of English democracy.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
When, in a republic, the whole people possesses sovereign power, it is a democracy.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
His aristocratic republic had to become a movement of democracy.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
Rebellion against a democracy on the part of members of that democracy stands on a widely different footing.
"Freedom In Service" by Fossey John Cobb Hearnshaw
The tyranny of democracy is, as Mill insists, the most formidable, searching, and irresistible of all.
"The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886" by Various
Thus Claire Boltwood's first voyage into democracy.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The absolute monarchy of one age yields to the semi-democracy of the next.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing

In poetry:

Are these the heroes high and true,
Who, seeing right with honest eyes,
Will risk their all in putting through
Democracy's stern Enterprise?
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
Bill's father would never knowingly sit down at table with a Democrat.
Now Bill says democracy must go.
Go on democracy.
Democracy is the shit.
Relativity is the shit.
"The Soul Of Spain" by Ernest Hemingway
Where do you win your secret
Of life untroubled, free, And wise with all the wisdom
Of time's democracy? What do you hear this many a year?—
Whisper the song to me !
"The Sage" by Harriet Monroe
That France hath kissed the mouth of Liberty,
And found it sweeter than his honied bees,
And that the giant wave Democracy
Breaks on the shores where Kings lay crouched at ease.
"Louis Napoleon" by Oscar Wilde
Good statesmanship's acutest scheme,
Philosophy's most perfect dream,
Democracy's pet plan,
Philanthropy's devoted will,
Not all our zeal, nor all our skill
Can heal the wounds of Man!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. XII. The Liberator" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
(Democracy! while weapons were everywhere aim'd at your breast,
I saw you serenely give birth to immortal children—saw in dreams
your dilating form;
Saw you with spreading mantle covering the world.)
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman

In news:

The tropical Maldives, recently held up as a victory for democracy, has taken a nosedive, says its ousted president.
This shows how effective the gerrymandering process is in favoring one party over another, and how it undermines a fundamental principle of democracy.
A look at the rationales for going to war in Iraq, from WMD and terrorism to democracy in the Middle East.
Claudia Rosett is a journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and heads its Investigative Reporting Project.
No, this is democracy in action.
Myanmar's Pro-democracy Leader Grasping Opportunities, Taking Risks.
Let people off work with pay to vote and celebrate American democracy.
Recently, one defector group named "Democracy Network Against North Korean Gulags " has published the list of 617 peoples' names in the gulags .
Bregtje van der Haak , Director of DISHING DEMOCRACY.
Hope on Egypt's hair-raising road toward democracy.
Dubious Democracy on the Nile.
Syrian soldiers shout slogans in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they sit in the back of an army lorry on Aug 10, 2011, as they withdrew from the city of Hama after a 10-day military operation to quell pro-democracy protests.
Benjamin Franklin thought that newspapers are crucial to maintaining a functional democracy.
If we leave Iraq, what happens to the supporters of democracy.
You would think that in a democracy, all you have to do to participate in public policy is find out when people meet and then attend.

In science:

Townsend to introduce the notion of “p-brane democracy” .
The M Theory Five-Brane
The model treats the background and the branes on an equal footing, providing a ’brane-target space democracy’.
Chern-Simons Supersymmetric Branes
Notice that the possibility of treating on equal footing all fermion mass matrices is also present in the framework of an extended flavour democracy.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
Introduction The right of individuals to vote for our government representatives is at the heart of the democracy that we enjoy.
Security Considerations for Remote Electronic Voting over the Internet
One of the important properties of this new theoretical framework lies in the similarity of the mathematical language used to describe the fundamental objects of M-theory, bringing for first time the possibility of describing string s and D-branes in a uni fied framework, a “democracy of p-branes ” .
String bits and the Myers effect