dem·​o·​crat | \ˈde-mə-ˌkrat \

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


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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Above all, Christian democrats were the original architects of European integration., "Europe forgot what 'conservative' means," 22 Mar. 2018 Just three months ago three reputable polls had the democrats up at 15 points in the Generic Congressional Ballot. Fox News, "Conway on Trump's pro-life agenda, North Korea and trade," 23 May 2018 Center-right parties - European Christian democrats above all - face a real crisis., "Europe forgot what 'conservative' means," 22 Mar. 2018 Chuck Moseley, a democrat in Indiana House District 10. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 Guillermo Vuletin of the World Bank argues that autocrats fall when economies slump, and the democrats who succeed them take credit for the inevitable recovery. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 The result adds to the growing list of democratic handovers across the continent in recent years, as democrats and autocrats jostle over which model delivers more sustainable economic development. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Sierra Leone Inaugurates Former Junta Head as President," 5 Apr. 2018 Jack Fitzpatrick, budget reporter for Bloomberg Government, discusses a potential government shutdown, which largely depends on whether Senate democrats will back a short-term funding measure that was passed in the House on Thursday night., "Senate Democrats Hold Key Votes in Preventing Shutdown (Audio)," 19 Jan. 2018 Donnelly is seen as a pretty vulnerable democrat in the 2018 midterm, according to The New York Times. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterm Primaries: Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia," 9 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of democrat

: a person who believes in or supports democracy

Democrat : a member of the Democratic Party of the U.S.


dem·​o·​crat | \ˈde-mə-ˌkrat \

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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