What does anarchy mean?

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ˈæn ər kian·ar·chy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anarchy, lawlessnessnoun

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


  1. anarchynoun

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

  2. anarchynoun

    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. anarchynoun

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

  4. anarchynoun

    confusion in general; disorder

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Anarchynoun

    Want of government; a state in which every man is unaccountable; a state without magistracy.

    Etymology: ἀναϱχία.

    Where eldest night
    And chaos, ancestors of nature, hold
    Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise
    Of endless wars, and by confusion stand. Paradise Lost.

    Arbitrary power is but the first natural step from anarchy, or the savage life; the adjusting power and freedom being an effect and consequence of maturer thinking. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Anarchy

    Anarchy is a song from industrial rock band KMFDMs tenth album Symbols.


  1. anarchy

    Anarchy is a political philosophy or societal state that advocates for the absence of a centralized government, hierarchy, and rules or laws imposed by an authoritative figure or institution. It promotes voluntary cooperation within communities without any form of coercion or control. It is often associated with chaos and disorder, but in its true sense, it seeks a society based on mutual aid, harmony, and freedom for individuals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anarchynoun

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

  2. Anarchynoun

    hence, confusion or disorder, in general

  3. Etymology: [Gr. : cf. F. anarchie. See Anarch.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Anarchy

    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

  1. anarchy

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anarchy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anarchy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of anarchy in a Sentence

  1. James Wilson:

    Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness [anarchy]. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed.

  2. Eliezer Avila:

    Destabilization, disorder, anarchy, that's never been on the agenda in the minds of Cubans, and whoever has this agenda isn't going to be able to find space.

  3. David Layson:

    Anarchy is not chaos, but order with out control.

  4. Plato:

    Democracy leads to anarchy, which is mob rule.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Our border is in a state of brutal and violent anarchy as people totally unvetted and unchecked flow into our country by the millions. To put it simply, we are a nation in decline, we are a failing nation.

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