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In looking for the synonyms for lower case "republican" "democratic". When I put in catholic I get three pages of meanings. when I put in

In looking for the synonyms for lower case "republican" "democratic". When I put in catholic I get three pages of meanings. when I put in "Cathol ic" I get the church definition My question is how oes thdne uper case and lower case change the meaning and how do I find them?
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The Merriam-Webster website is a good place for definitions and indicates which ones are capitalized and which ones aren't in each entry.  Here's what they come up with for the non-capitalized definition of both of those words (I left out the capitalized ones):

republican:  adj.  1 - of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a republic. 2 - favoring, supporting, or advocating a republic.  3 - belonging or appropriate to one living in or supporting a republic.  (republican simplicity)

And also: n. A person who believe in or supports a republican form of government.

The synonyms they list for republican are popular, democratic, self-governing, and self-ruling.

democratic:  adj. 1 - of, relating to, or favoring democracy.  2 - relating to, appealing to, or available to broad masses of people. (democratic art) 3 - favoring social equality: not snobbish.

And the synonyms listed for democratic are popularrepublicanself-governing, and self-ruling.

So when you take off the capital they roughly mean the same thing.  Something our political parties probably wouldn't like to admit!

Thanks for your question!

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