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


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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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 If the democrats take back the house on November 6, there’s a chance that some progress might happen. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why You Need to Vote—Even If You Don't Want To," 3 Nov. 2018 Will Ferrell also knocked on doors in Georgia last week for Abrams and fellow Georgia democrats, including Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico, making for some fantastic photo ops with high potential to be Funny or Die videos. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Celebrities Knocking on Doors Is the New Fancy Fund-Raiser," 1 Nov. 2018 Above all, Christian democrats were the original architects of European integration., "Europe forgot what 'conservative' means," 22 Mar. 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
: a member of the Democratic Party of the U.S.


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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