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
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    • 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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