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From French démocrate, from démocratie (modelled on aristocrate (aristocrat)).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɛməkɹæt/
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democrat (plural democrats)

  1. A supporter of democracy; an advocate of democratic politics (originally (historical) as opposed to the aristocrats in Revolutionary France).
    • 2019 November 25, Kris Cheng, “Hong Kong District Council election: Democrats take control of 17 out of 18 councils in landslide victory”, in Hong Kong Free Press[1], archived from the original on 31 July 2020:
      The democrats now have majority control in almost all areas except the Islands District Council, where they won seven seats, and the pro-Beijing camp obtained 11 seats.
  2. Someone who rules a representative democracy.
    • 2011, Wesley Yang, "Death, Dictators, and Democracy", NYU Alumni Magazine, ISSN 1938-4823, issue 16, Spring 2011, page 10:
      Democrats have to please a large segment of the voting public and will be punished if they fail to provide public goods [] . In the case of autocrats, however, they have to please a small minority of the governing power elite [] who will punish them if they fail to dedicate the public purse to their private enrichment.
  3. (US, historical) A large light uncovered wagon with two or more seats.

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Borrowed from French démocrate.


democrat m

  1. democrat (supporter of democracy)

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