democracy
noun (plural -cies) Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy Date: 1576 1. a. government by the people; especially rule of the majority b. a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections 2. a political unit that has a democratic government 3. capitalized the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States <
from emancipation Republicanism to New Deal Democracy — C. M. Roberts
>
4. the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority 5. the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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