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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a true democrat, he has always abhorred that nation's class system
Recent Examples on the Web Eric Trump, the president’s son, has suggested that the coronavirus is nothing more than a political ploy that is being used by democrats to disrupt the Nov. 3 presidential election. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 17," 18 May 2020 How had a progressive democrat become so illiberal? Walter Lippmann, Harper's Magazine, "Fifty-One Percent," 27 Apr. 2020 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, "The long arm of Beijing China moves to squeeze Hong Kong’s freedoms," 23 Apr. 2020 Israeli democrats seem likely to pay the higher price. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "Amid a Political and Public-Health Crisis, Israel’s Opposition Leader Shocks Everyone by Ceding Power to Netanyahu," 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, "Madeleine Albright: Coronavirus Should Be a Wake-Up Call for World Leaders to Work Together," 20 Mar. 2020 But in the past decade democrats have been pushed back again (see article). The Economist, "The battle for liberty in Africa How African democrats can fight back," 5 Mar. 2020 In contrast, just 14 percent of democrats with high scientific knowledge fell into this category, with 86 percent saying the scientific method produces accurate results. Jessica Scarfuto, Science | AAAS, "Do you trust science? These five factors play a big role," 16 Feb. 2020 While Forbes states Steyer’s net worth is currently $1.6 billion, the democrat has donated millions to political causes. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Meet the 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of," 8 Apr. 2019

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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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The first known use of democrat was in 1789

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23 May 2020

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“Democrat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of democrat

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


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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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