A minority reacted to the constant strain by shooting themselves in the foot or running away.
It would be no longer the majority that would rule; the power would be transferred to the minority.
Syria has been ruled by a succession of dictators belonging to the minority Alawi Islamic sect since a coup in 1966.
In Georgia, according to one survey, minority participation rose after a voter-ID law was implemented.
The rapport between Majority Leader Harry Reid and minority Leader Mitch McConnell is as distant as it is adversarial, Snowe says.
The chief business was to provide for the government during the minority.
And because the foreigners were in the minority they could not well defend themselves.
He never hesitated to be in a minority and never dodged a fight.
If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.
It is bitterly partisan, but a minority report made by a Republican admits, with humorous resignation, that the charges are true.
1530s, "condition of being smaller," from Middle French minorité (15c.), or directly from Medieval Latin minoritatem (nominative minoritas), from Latin minor (see minor (adj.)). Meaning "state of being under legal age" is from 1540s; that of "smaller number or part" is from 1736. The meaning "group of people separated from the rest of a community by race, religion, language, etc." is from 1919, originally in an Eastern European context.