My interpretation of the word is pretty fluid, which is to say there are degrees of it. My country (America) is democratic in some ways, but democratic in only name in other ways. Yes, things are decided by voting (democratic), but: 1) popular vote doesn't matter (undemocratic) 2) people in jail can't vote (undemocratic) 3) gerrymandering (undemocratic) 4) "voter id" laws and other things designed to make it harder for disenfranchised people to vote. etc. There are "democracies" even less democratic than we are, and there are "constitutional monarchies" like the UK which seem to be more so. But hypocrisy is another issue entirely. What is your interpretation of democracy?