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
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 popular, republican, self-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!