Definition of democrat in English:



  • 1An advocate or supporter of democracy.

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

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