democracy, despite some all-too-familiar exceptions, is on the march.
They fascinate and annoy middle-class Indians; they preserve Indian democracy—and show us its fundamental limitations.
Other Libyans express confidence that democracy will prevail.
Another Likud cabinet minister, Michael Eitan, called the deal a “threat to Israeli democracy.”
AIPAC sometimes talks the language of democracy and human rights.
Friends and fellow citizens, we must make the world free for democracy.
We "believe in" democracy, as we have been brought up in it, or we do not.
In all lands it was hailed as the end of despotism and the triumph of democracy and freedom.
The abuses of democracy in the cities took away all the joy of success.
That at least is the only kind of unity that offers hope finally of making a world safe with democracy in it.
1570s, from Middle French démocratie (14c.), from Medieval Latin democratia (13c.), from Greek demokratia "popular government," from demos "common people," originally "district" (see demotic), + kratos "rule, strength" (see -cracy).
Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the government which he has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.
Note: Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. Such constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.