The origin of the word 'democracy'
is from late 16th Century, French, 'democratie'.
This came to the French via Latin from the Greek word 'demokratia'.
Demokratia from the
demos = the
kratia = power, rule
As defined by Oxford American Dictionary:
a system of government by the whole population or
all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected
capitalism and democracy are ascendant in the third world.
a state governed in such a way:
a multiparty democracy
control of an organization or
group by the majority of its members: the intended extension of industrial
the practice or principles of
social equality: demands for greater democracy