democracy Definition

a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives..

Using democracy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "democracy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The country has been a democracy since its independence.

  • Example

    The democratic process allows citizens to vote for their leaders.

  • Example

    Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of democracy.

  • Example

    The country's transition to democracy was a long and difficult process.

democracy Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for democracy

Antonyms for democracy

Idioms Using democracy

  • the opinion of the majority of people is always right


    In a democracy, the voice of the people is the voice of God.

  • to announce that one is running for public office


    He decided to throw his hat into the ring and run for mayor.

  • the powers that be

    the people who are in charge of a particular organization or institution


    The powers that be have decided to increase taxes.

Phrases with democracy

  • a form of democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly


    Direct democracy was practiced in ancient Athens.

  • a type of democracy founded on the principle of elected officials representing a group of people


    The United States is a representative democracy.

  • a governing system in which although elections take place, citizens are cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power because of the lack of civil liberties.


    Some countries have illiberal democracies that restrict freedom of speech and the press.

Origins of democracy

from Greek 'dēmokratia', from dēmos 'the people' + -kratia 'power, rule'


Summary: democracy in Brief

Democracy [dɪˈmɑːkrəsi] is a system of government where the whole population or all eligible members of a state elect representatives. It is characterized by freedom of speech and the right to vote. Examples include 'The country has been a democracy since its independence.' and 'The democratic process allows citizens to vote for their leaders.' Phrases like 'direct democracy' and 'representative democracy' describe different types of democracy.

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