Definition of demos in English:

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demos

Pronunciation: /ˈdēmäs/

noun (plural demoi /-moi/)

1The common people of an ancient Greek state.
Example sentences
  • Then the reforms of Kleisthenes formed the basis of the democracy, meaning the rule of the demoi, or village councils of the Athens peninsula.
  • In Sicily the tyrant is the ally of the rich and the foe of the demos
1.1The populace as a political unit, especially in a democracy.
Example sentences
  • This is a serious threat to democracy as it does not reflect power flowing from 'demos' (populace).
  • Democracy is one of the six classical forms of government described by Aristotle, denoting government by the demos, or populace at large, as opposed to government by a few, or by a single ruler.

Origin

From Greek dēmos.

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