democratic (adj.)

c. 1600, "of the nature of or characterized by democracy; pertaining to democracy," from French démocratique, from Medieval Latin democraticus, from Greek demokratikos "of or for democracy; favoring democracy," from demokratia "popular government" (see democracy). Earlier was democratian (1570s), democratical (1580s). Related: Democratically.

As a political faction name, from 1790 in reference to France. U.S. political usage (with a capital D) attested from c. 1800. The party originally was the Anti-Federal party, then the Democratic-Republican (Democratic for short). It formed among those opposed to extensive powers for the U.S. federal government. The name of the party was not formally shortened to Democratic until 1829. Democratic socialism is attested from 1849.

updated on July 18, 2018

Definitions of democratic from WordNet
democratic (adj.)
characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality; "a democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords"- George du Maurier;
democratic government
a democratic country
democratic (adj.)
representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large;
a democratic or popular movement
democratic art forms
Synonyms: popular
Democratic (adj.)
belong to or relating to the Democratic Party;
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