Definition of democracy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒkrəsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːkrəsi//
    (pl. democracies) Political views and systems
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  1. 1 [uncountable] a system of government in which all the people of a country can vote to elect their representatives parliamentary democracy the principles of democracy See related entries: Political views and systems
  2. 2[countable] a country which has this system of government Western democracies I thought we were supposed to be living in a democracy.
  3. 3[uncountable] fair and equal treatment of everyone in an organization, etc., and their right to take part in making decisions the fight for justice and democracy
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French démocratie, via late Latin from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power, rule’. Wordfindercapitalism, communism, democracy, dictatorship, fascism, imperialism, liberal, radical, socialism, system Wordfindercandidate, constituency, contest, democracy, election, majority, manifesto, poll, referendum, swing voteExtra examples We live in a multi-party democracy. a pro-democracy demonstration in the capital people who believe in true democracy the need to overcome political apathy and advance on the road to democracy
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: democracy