a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
The state of a society being without authoritarians or a governing body.
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.
A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.
confusion in general; disorder
absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion
Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. anarchie. See Anarch.]
hence, confusion or disorder, in general
Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. anarchie. See Anarch.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an′ark-i, n. the want of government in a state: political confusion: conflict of opinion.—adjs. Anarch′al (rare); Anarch′ic, Anarch′ical.—v.t. Anarch′ise.—ns. An′archism, anarchy: the negation of government—the name adopted by a phase of revolutionary socialism associated with the names of Proudhon and Bakunin. Their ideal of society was of one without government of any kind, when every man should be a law unto himself; An′archist, An′arch, one who promotes anarchy. [Gr. a, an, neg., archē, government.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Want of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power, or where the laws are not efficient, and individuals do what they please with impunity; political confusion; hence, confusion in general.
The numerical value of anarchy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of anarchy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of anarchy in a Sentence
Besides anarchy, the worst thing in this world is government.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre, The falcone cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world...
[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.
Violence and anarchy must not be.
The choice is not between order and liberty. It is between liberty with order and anarchy without either. There is danger that, if the court does not temper its doctrinaire logic with a little practical wisdom, it will convert the constitutional Bill of Rights into a suicide pact.
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- анархия, безредие, безвластиеBulgarian
- anarquiaCatalan, Valencian
- anarchie, bezvládí, zmatekCzech
- anarĥio, anarkioEsperanto
- هرج و مرجPersian
- 無政府状態, 跳梁跋扈Japanese
- 無政府狀態, 무정부 상태Korean
- anarchie, regeringsloosheidDutch
- anarki, vanstyreNorwegian
- анархия, безвластиеRussian
- безвлашће, bezakonje, безакоње, bespravlje, анархија, бесправље, anarhija, bezvlašćeSerbo-Croatian
- අරාජිකSinhala, Sinhalese
- tình trạng vô chính phủVietnamese
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