Definitions for anarchyˈæn ər ki

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

an•ar•chyˈæn ər ki(n.)

  1. a state of society without government or law.

    Category: Government

  2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control.

    Category: Government

  3. a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.

    Category: Government

  4. confusion; chaos; disorder.

Origin of anarchy:

1530–40; < MF anarchie or ML anarchia < Gk anarchía lack of a leader


Princeton's WordNet

  1. anarchy, lawlessness(noun)

    a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)


  1. anarchy(Noun)

    The state of a society being without authoritarians or a governing body.

  2. anarchy(Noun)

    Anarchism; the political theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals, rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.

  3. anarchy(Noun)

    A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.

  4. anarchy(Noun)

    confusion in general; disorder

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anarchy(noun)

    absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion

  2. Anarchy(noun)

    hence, confusion or disorder, in general


  1. Anarchy

    Anarchy has more than one definition. Some use the term "anarchy" to refer to a society without a publicly enforced government or violently enforced political authority. When used in this sense, anarchy may or may not be intended to imply political disorder or lawlessness within a society. Others, including most individuals who self-identify as anarchists, use the term to imply a system of governance, mostly theoretical at a nation state level. There are also other forms of anarchy that attempt to avoid the use of coercion, violence, force and authority, while still producing a productive and desirable society. Anarchy is also a technical issue of economic science.

Translations for anarchy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the absence or failure of government

Total anarchy followed the defeat of the government.

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