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Now class, say it all together, ’We are a democracy.’
Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  a system of government in which citizens have power with equal votes
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democracy democratic
Strongly Associated with:   republic
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  • Now class, say it all together, ’We are a democracy.’
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • It is true that we are called a democracy, for the administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • You will learn the rules and you will follow them, or you will face the consequences, as in any society This is not a democracy; it is a dictatorship.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • We’re lucky to have been born and raised in a democracy, but one that is always undergoing improvements.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • In 2002 Musharraf held elections for "controlled democracy" They were strange elections, as the main party leaders Nawaz Sharif and Benazir were in exile.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • "So you’re saying that even if Clarke is innocent, it’d be worth it to let her die in order to keep democracy alive?"
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • A graveyard is not normally a democracy, and yet death is the great democracy, and each of the dead had a voice, and an opinion as to whether the living child should be allowed to stay, and they were each determined to be heard, that night.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Now that was democracy for you, thought Puller.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • They had never heard of democracy, governors or senators, capitals of states, or any oceans, or famous actors, or artists, or newspapers, or kinds of automobiles.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • To reject this outcome would destroy the basis of constitutional democracy, said Lincoln, and "fly to anarchy or to despotism."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • This is democracy in action.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • When you get away from the chiefs and the politicians there is a simple democracy about Africa: everyone is a villager.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Frustrated citizens tend to execute kings and queens and make a democracy.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • Before that, our country believed in freedom and democracy and equality for all.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • …morphs I knew I ought to flush; and a snarl of packing tape into which I’d cut, painstakingly, with an X-Acto knife, twenty minutes of delicate work, pulse throbbing in my fingertips, terrified of going in too hard and nicking the painting by mistake, finally getting the side open, peeling the tape off strip by strip by careful strip, with trembling hands: only to find—sandwiched in cardboard and wrapped with newspaper — a scribbled-up Civics workbook (Democracy, Diversity, and You!
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Yes, everybody ready for rebuilding and democracy and the like.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The world is always a democracy in times of flux, and the man with the best voice will win.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It was the beginning of democracy with him.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • As American occupiers worked to help Japan transition to democracy and independence, the Cold War was beginning.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • In our free democracy, even fighting for its life, the truth will out.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The centre and circumference of all democracy!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’In a democracy, the government is the people,’ Milo explained.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • There was something called democracy.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • In that campaign, the object of the French soldier, the son of democracy, was the conquest of a yoke for others.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So far as a demeanour of natural authority was concerned, the mother country need not have been ashamed to see these foremost men of an actual democracy adopted into the House of Peers, or make the Privy Council of the Sovereign.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ] KnowledgeZzzzzp! Money— Zzzzzzp!-Power! That’s the cycle democracy is built on! [His attitude is convincingly dynamic.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • All he needs is a toothpick in the corner of his mouth to be an ad for rural democracy, as in an etching.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • In democracy.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • I also learned about ubuntu—the Xhosa word for humanity—and the power of authentic leadership as exhibited by giants like Nelson Mandela and a thousand other self-sacrificing visionaries who had managed the unforeseen transition from apartheid to democracy without a bloodbath.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • All civilization begins in theocracy and ends in democracy.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • On this Tuesday evening, as on most, the meeting had drawn a small group with city business to transact and a larger group of the usual cranks and conspiracy theorists who had come to complain about slights from neighbors, disrespected property lines, and in one case, the threat that electronic voting machines posed to the institution of democracy worldwide.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • By organization! Exactly! This jug is an absolute democracy of atoms.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • But even more significantly, I saw the expedition as a powerful symbol of a young nation trying to unify itself and move toward democracy, trying to recover from its past.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Gradually a democracy evolved, with popular assemblies and courts of law.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He had overseen the drafting of a constitution in 1964, which turned Afghanistan into a democracy, offering universal suffrage and emancipating women.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • They exist in all nations, even here in America, this so-called democracy.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • That is the true democracy.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Further, it has shamed the United States in the eyes of the world and added to the shame of the South, already experiencing strained, tense and explosive race relations because white supremacy mob rule substitutes too often for democracy… .
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Countless other words such as honour, justice, morality, internationalism, democracy, science, and religion had simply ceased to exist.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The way I see it, England’s a democracy, and we in this village have suffered as much as anyone fighting to keep it that way.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • To stop this sort of thing, they had invented the idea of the Table—a vague idea like democracy, or sportsmanship, or morals—and now, in the effort to impose a world of peace, he found himself up to the elbows in blood.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I quite sympathise with the rage of the English democracy against what they call the vices of the upper orders.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Western "plate" will be the cream of American democracy and mass-production: in voluntary manpower; in technology, training, and industrial support.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But paid in advance in American dollars, she made an exception in our case, our case in the plural because the great female democracy of our blue blood dictated that all the de la Torre girls be given equal decorative skills.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He grew very bitter over the arrangements, and called them "the fruits of democracy."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • A constitution providing for multiparty democracy had followed, and then a general amnesty, and finally, in early 1993, national elections.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • And he had made humble a company that was as close to a monarch as one could get in a country of democracy.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • She says this country hasn’t voted for anything in twenty-six years and it’s only these silly little elections that keep the faint memory of a democracy going.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
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