Words I Love 61 – Democracy

Today’s word as we’ve just had a General Election in the UK…

democracy

democracy

dɪˈmɒkrəsi/

noun

noun: democracy
  1. a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
    “a system of parliamentary democracy”
    synonyms: representative government, elective government, constitutional government, popular government; More

    antonyms: tyranny, dictatorship
    • a state governed under a system of democracy.
      plural noun: democracies
      “a multiparty democracy”
    • control of an organization or group by the majority of its members.
      “the intended extension of industrial democracy”
    • the practice or principles of social equality.
      “demands for greater democracy”

Origin

late 16th century: from French démocratie, via late Latin from Greek dēmokratia, fromdēmos ‘the people’ + -kratia ‘power, rule’.
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