democrat

noun
dem·​o·​crat | \ ˈde-mə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio) \

Definition of democrat

1a : 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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Synonyms for democrat

Synonyms

egalitarian, leveler (or leveller)

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Examples of democrat in a Sentence

a true democrat, he has always abhorred that nation's class system

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Mr Urzúa, a social democrat, was a voice of prudence in the cabinet of the populist leftist president. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 Cheung, and the older pro-democrats, aren't in charge of channeling this fear and activism, nor are the generation of student leaders who came to prominence during the Umbrella Movement. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's democracy movement was about hope. These protests are driven by desperation," 2 July 2019 While the Napoleonic Code aligned in some profound ways with the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, the man who found the crown of France lying in the gutter and picked it up with his sword was certainly no democrat. Justin D. Shapiro, National Review, "In Defense of Diplomacy with Despots, from 1776 to Today," 2 July 2019 Many older Hong Kongers, who grew up in a British colony, strongly identify with China and saw a point of pride in the city returning to Chinese rule, even pro-democrats. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's democracy movement was about hope. These protests are driven by desperation," 2 July 2019 Cutting off Hong Kong would not only harm American interests in the territory but also wreck the prospects of Hong Kongers—an odd way to reward its would-be democrats. The Economist, "The rule of law in Hong Kong," 13 June 2019 And after liberal radio hosts flopped on Air America -- remember them -- well, some democrats thought to revive the fairness doctrine to snuff out conservative talk radio. Fox News, "Will Mueller get his presidential interview?," 8 Aug. 2018 Both clung to autocracy and suppressed would-be democrats. WSJ, "Wilhelmine Germany Is a Better Analogy for China," 27 Mar. 2019 Marcelo Ebrard, his successor as mayor of Mexico City, is a modern-minded social democrat. The Economist, "What AMLO portends for Latin America," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of democrat

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for democrat

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

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democrat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of democrat

: a person who believes in or supports democracy
: a member of the Democratic Party of the U.S.

democrat

noun
dem·​o·​crat | \ ˈde-mə-ˌkrat How to pronounce democrat (audio) \

Kids Definition of democrat

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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