It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it: consequently the defenders of every kind of régime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.

Source:Politics and the English Language (December 11, 1945); The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell (1968), Volume IV, Page 132
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