Definition of democrat in English:



  • 1An advocate or supporter of democracy.

    ‘as a democrat, I accepted the outcome of the referendum’
    • ‘The democrats would have us believe that corruption of an organ of state is only curable by voting.’
    • ‘As a democrat I don't believe that any election should go uncontested but there is an argument to be put forward in this case.’
    • ‘They have often chosen targets, and methods, which many democrats believe to be mistaken and even illegal.’
    • ‘As a democrat, he stated one should not automatically exclude other elected parties from participation in government.’
    • ‘He was a passionate democrat and republican who wrote verse in support of these causes.’
    • ‘I am a union democrat who believes in sponsoring participation and involvement.’
    • ‘As a democrat, I believe it should be possible to have changes of government in line with what people vote for.’
    • ‘Is the purpose of government, as pure democrats would say, to enforce the will of the majority?’
    • ‘I've always called myself a progressive and a democrat, but today I know that to be a democrat you have to be one in practice.’
    • ‘To succeed we must become first a central part of the argument and then win it convincingly - as democrats in a democratic process.’
    • ‘As a democrat, I believe that minorities should be protected from the prejudices of the majority when they turn on pursuits they find distasteful.’
    • ‘A democrat can hardly object if the people believe that they should restrain themselves by using the courts.’
    • ‘Like the democrats, the advocates of constitutional government also spoke a European language.’
    • ‘European and American politicians continually praised him, describing him as an exemplary democrat.’
    • ‘Those who opposed reform of any kind caricatured the reformers as anarchic democrats.’
    • ‘He says that as a democrat he believes in social justice and endeavours to make life better for everyone.’
    • ‘But it is a system that many constitutionalists and democrats see as a standing affront.’
    • ‘It was a call to arms for democrats faced with a totalitarian threat.’
    • ‘As a democrat he argued that democracy and dependence on the military and the police are incompatible, a stand still significant today.’
    • ‘I think the President is a democrat and in democracy we have preferences.’
  • 2(in the US) a member of the Democratic Party.

    • ‘Although the Democrat is favored at this point, his victory is not guaranteed.’
    • ‘He had his share of policy reversals, mainly at the hands of Democrats in Congress.’
    • ‘The Democrats in Congress scrapped their traditional speech in reply to the President.’
    • ‘He was an adviser on 26 winning campaigns and helped to elect about a third of the current Democrat senators.’
    • ‘The government needs the Democrats or four of the other five Senators to pass a law.’
    • ‘The Democrat said he expected the administration to support such a proposal.’
    • ‘This is not the first time the Democrats have alluded to such issues, only to bury them.’
    • ‘Republicans are no less democratic than Democrats, and Democrats just as republican.’
    • ‘This more than offset the small gains made by the Democrats in the rest of the country.’
    • ‘Because of the rules change, Democrats have refused to participate on the committee.’
    • ‘According to opinion polls, it is an idea shared by both Democrats and Republicans.’
    • ‘The governor responded by appointing a prominent Democrat as his new chief of staff.’
    • ‘How did a Democrat managed to capture the governorship of such a state in such a year?’
    • ‘Both the Democrats and Republicans claim that there is no money for such a program.’
    • ‘Today being a Democrat or a Republican is a cultural or even an emotional matter, rather than a political decision.’
    • ‘Conventional wisdom had it that the higher turnout would favour the Democrats.’
    • ‘Could his lack of overwhelming popularity have cost the Democrats seats in the Congress?’
    • ‘It was the Democrats protesting against Democrats in office in a Democratic city.’
    • ‘Leading Republican and Democrat members of Congress are questioning his tactics.’
    • ‘Republicans and Democrats showed every sign of wishing to band together in order to effect change.’


Late 18th century (originally denoting an opponent of the aristocrats in the French Revolution of 1790): from French démocrate, on the pattern of aristocrate ‘aristocrat’.