Definition of anarchy in English:


Syllabification: an·ar·chy
Pronunciation: /ˈanərkē


1A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority: he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy
More example sentences
  • When you have people losing trust in the system it leads to anarchy.
  • Fail to control domestic anarchy and the economy becomes a laughing stock.
  • If the politicians don't come up with a fairer alternative to the current system, then anarchy is what we'll have.
lawlessness, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, disorder, chaos, mayhem, tumult, turmoil
1.1Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
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  • If the world is thought of in terms of anarchy then power politics will be seen as the solution to the problem of insecurity.
  • He presumably wants public anarchy funded by socialist tyranny, but that is another issue.
  • In hundreds of pages they endeavoured to show just how democratic centralised Soviet anarchy was supposed to be.


mid 16th century: via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- 'without' + arkhos 'chief, ruler'.

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