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1An advocate or supporter of democracy.
- ‘He was a passionate democrat and republican who wrote verse in support of these causes.’
- ‘As a democrat, I believe that minorities should be protected from the prejudices of the majority when they turn on pursuits they find distasteful.’
- ‘Is the purpose of government, as pure democrats would say, to enforce the will of the majority?’
- ‘He says that as a democrat he believes in social justice and endeavours to make life better for everyone.’
- ‘As a democrat, I believe it should be possible to have changes of government in line with what people vote for.’
- ‘A democrat can hardly object if the people believe that they should restrain themselves by using the courts.’
- ‘But it is a system that many constitutionalists and democrats see as a standing affront.’
- ‘Those who opposed reform of any kind caricatured the reformers as anarchic democrats.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As a democrat, he stated one should not automatically exclude other elected parties from participation in government.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I am a union democrat who believes in sponsoring participation and involvement.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I think the President is a democrat and in democracy we have preferences.’
- ‘Like the democrats, the advocates of constitutional government also spoke a European language.’
2A member of the Democratic Party.
- ‘Leading Republican and Democrat members of Congress are questioning his tactics.’
- ‘Both the Democrats and Republicans claim that there is no money for such a program.’
- ‘He had his share of policy reversals, mainly at the hands of Democrats in Congress.’
- ‘Today being a Democrat or a Republican is a cultural or even an emotional matter, rather than a political decision.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘According to opinion polls, it is an idea shared by both Democrats and Republicans.’
- ‘Republicans are no less democratic than Democrats, and Democrats just as republican.’
- ‘The Democrats in Congress scrapped their traditional speech in reply to the President.’
- ‘This is not the first time the Democrats have alluded to such issues, only to bury them.’
- ‘How did a Democrat managed to capture the governorship of such a state in such a year?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although the Democrat is favored at this point, his victory is not guaranteed.’
- ‘Could his lack of overwhelming popularity have cost the Democrats seats in the Congress?’
- ‘Republicans and Democrats showed every sign of wishing to band together in order to effect change.’
- ‘Because of the rules change, Democrats have refused to participate on the committee.’
- ‘Conventional wisdom had it that the higher turnout would favour the Democrats.’
- ‘It was the Democrats protesting against Democrats in office in a Democratic city.’
- ‘The Democrat said he expected the administration to support such a proposal.’
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.
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