- 1Lacking a head: an acephalous skeletonMore example sentences
- Thus the design may sometimes appear acephalous and at other times polycephalous (Hydra-headed).
- 2Having no leader or chief: an acephalous societyMore example sentences
- During the late nineteenth century in societies ranging from the acephalous to interlacustrine kingdoms, senior men bolstered their authority through a monopoly of access to locally brewed beer.
- The resistance is largely decentralised, localised and acephalous.
- Sierra Leone was the object of similar plunder, leaving an acephalous state in rampant disorder only to be stabilised by British Tommies.
mid 18th century: via medieval Latin from Greek akephalos 'headless' (from a- 'without' + kephalē 'head') + -ous.
More definitions of acephalousDefinition of acephalous in:
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