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anarchism

Syllabification: an·ar·chism
Pronunciation: /ˈanərˌkizəm
 
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Definition of anarchism in English:

noun

1Belief in the abolition of all government and the organization of society on a voluntary, cooperative basis without recourse to force or compulsion.
Example sentences
  • Albert's reference point is the theories he sees as having been the main contenders in the battle for ideas in the 1960s and 1970s: Marxism, feminism, anarchism and nationalism.
  • In the Romantic era one finds numerous anticipations of Marx and his sociopolitical critique, as well as early versions of socialism, communism, anarchism, and social democracy.
  • In Dostoyevsky's day, urban radicals influenced by Marx and emboldened by Bakunin went out into the countryside proclaiming the doctrines of socialism and syndicalist anarchism, to little effect.
1.1Anarchists as a political force or movement: ruling-class fears of international anarchism during the 1890s
More example sentences
  • He says that it was the politics of socialism and anarchism learned from ‘the radical Jewish community in New York’ that drew him to linguistics.
  • To one historian of the movement, American anarchism had a ‘double tradition.’
  • Though mistrust of the state and a desire for cheap and limited government is a commonplace in the British political tradition, formal anarchism has received little support.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Greek anarkhos 'without a chief' (see anarchy) + -ism; later influenced by French anarchisme.

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