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democracya political system in which power lies in a body of citizensThe Constitution, conservatives frequently assert, has provided us with a form of government superior to those of other nations, even other
democracies.Washington Post (Sep 30, 2015)demos +
kratos ("rule, strength")
democraticrepresenting or appealing to the people at largeThese were elite clothes at their most
democratic, which is the sort of oxymoron only the fashion world can provide.New York Times (Sep 18, 2015)
democratizeintroduce democratic reforms; of nations“We share a common and clear objective:
democratize the country,” said the 47-year-old, adding that a first step toward that was overhauling the electoral system to allow the opposition to challenge Ortega fairly.Reuters (Jun 24, 2018)
democratan advocate of rule by and for the peopleFollowing the coup, Iranian intellectuals no longer viewed Americans as missionaries,
democrats, teachers, nurses and doctors, but as oilmen, spies and military men.Time (Sep 18, 2015)
demographythe study of the characteristics of human populationsBut where
demography is truly becoming destiny is in the growing richness and complexity of our population.Forbes (May 26, 2015)demos +
graphy (suffix forming names of descriptive sciences)
demographera scientist who studies the growth and density of populations and their vital statisticsThat is why many
demographers expect human population to peak and then decline before 2100.Scientific American (Oct 6, 2015)
demographica statistic characterizing human populationsViewers in the key advertising
demographic of 18 to 34 make up only 25.5% of the TV audience, down from 30.5% four years ago.Los Angeles Times (Aug 18, 2015)In the 1960s, this adjective was turned into a noun to refer to the science of making predictions based on statistics about television audiences and advertisers.
demagoguea leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passionsThe
demagogue shouts enough for a hundred, but the silent thinker who disdains noise would be better worth hearing.Fenn, George Manvilledemos +
demagoguerypolitical rhetoric appealing to popular prejudice or emotionDivided governments, as well as divided corporations, have historically rallied behind strong leadership that emphasizes problem solving over
demagoguery and infighting.Forbes (Nov 8, 2014)
demoticof or for the common peopleBut by the 1980s, publishers wanted literature to reflect the
demotic speech of ordinary folk.BBC (Aug 27, 2014)
(updated August 26, 2019)