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democracy (n.)

“人民的政府, 主权权力归于直接行使权力的全体人民或由民选官员行使权力的政府制度; 如此治理的国家”, 1570年代, 来源于法语 démocratie (14世纪), 来源于中世纪拉丁语 democratia (13世纪), 来源于希腊语 dēmokratia “民众政府”, 来源于 dēmos “平民”, 原为“地区” (见 demotic), + kratos “统治, 力量” (见 -cracy).

有时16世纪-17世纪的拉丁化形式 democratie. 在19世纪的英国, 它可以指“没有世袭或其他等级的阶级, 即平民”. 在19世纪的美国政治中, 它可以指“民主党的原则或成员”.

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]

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Definitions of democracy from WordNet

democracy (n.)
the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives;
democracy (n.)
a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them;
Synonyms: republic / commonwealth
democracy (n.)
the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group;
Synonyms: majority rule
From wordnet.princeton.edu