Meaning of democratic socialism in English:

democratic socialism

Pronunciation /ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃəlɪz(ə)m/ /ˌdɛməkratɪk ˈsəʊʃ(ə)lɪz(ə)m/

See synonyms for democratic socialism


  • A form of socialism pursued by democratic rather than autocratic or revolutionary means, especially by respecting a democratically elected legislature as the source of political change; (also more generally) moderate or centrist socialism.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Athenaeum. From democratic + socialism.