Definition of anarchy in English:


Line breaks: an|archy
Pronunciation: /ˈanəki


[mass noun]
1A state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems: 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.
2Absence 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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