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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [dih-mok-ruh-see]
    • /dɪˈmɒk rə si/
    • /dɪˈmɒk.rə.si/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [dih-mok-ruh-see]
    • /dɪˈmɒk rə si/

Definitions of democracy word

  • countable noun democracy A democracy is a country in which the people choose their government by voting for it. 9
  • noun democracy government by the people or their elected representatives 7
  • noun democracy a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members 5
  • noun democracy a social condition of classlessness and equality 5
  • noun democracy majority rule 5
  • noun democracy the principle of equality of rights, opportunity, and treatment, or the practice of this principle 4

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Origin of democracy

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Middle French démocratie < Late Latin dēmocratia < Greek dēmokratía popular government, equivalent to dēmo- demo- + -kratia -cracy

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Parts of speech for Democracy


democracy popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

democracy usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for democracy

noun democracy

  • justiceDonald, 1925–2004, U.S. poet.
  • freedom — the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.
  • commonwealth — The Commonwealth is an organization consisting of the United Kingdom and most of the countries that were previously under its rule.
  • suffrage — the right to vote, especially in a political election.
  • republic — a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

Antonyms for democracy

noun democracy

  • unfairness — not fair; not conforming to approved standards, as of justice, honesty, or ethics: an unfair law; an unfair wage policy.
  • inequality — social or economic disparity: inequality between the rich and the poor; widening income inequality in America. unequal opportunity or treatment resulting from this disparity: inequality in healthcare and education.
  • dictatorship — Dictatorship is government by a dictator.

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