democrat

noun

dem·​o·​crat ˈde-mə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio)
1
a
: an adherent of democracy
b
: one who practices social equality
2
capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the U.S.

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Example Sentences

a true democrat, he has always abhorred that nation's class system
Recent Examples on the Web In recent days several prominent democrats have been arrested, and the central government has rejected what had been widely regarded as a constitutional restraint on its behaviour in Hong Kong. The Economist, 23 Apr. 2020 Israeli democrats seem likely to pay the higher price. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2020 In Latin America, hardline leaders from both the left and the right threaten to haul the region back to the days when autocrats ruled, and democrats were routinely jailed. Madeleine Albright, Time, 20 Mar. 2020 But in the past decade democrats have been pushed back again (see article). The Economist, 5 Mar. 2020 District councillors don't hold much actual power, mainly focusing on local issues -- but pro-democrats now have more of a say in selecting the next Chief Executive in 2022. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 20 Dec. 2019 The political life of ancient Athens was ceaselessly roiled by strife between the democrats, committed to the principle of government by the people, and the oligarchs, holding out for government by the few. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French démocrate, derivative from the base of démocratie democracy or démocratique democratic, probably after aristocrate aristocrat

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of democrat was in 1789

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“Democrat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democrat. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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democrat

noun
dem·​o·​crat ˈde-mə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio)
1
: a person who believes in or practices democracy
2
capitalized : a member of the Democratic party of the United States

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