Definition of anarchy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈanərkē/ /ˈænərki/

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  • 1A state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority or other controlling systems.

    • ‘he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy’
    lawlessness, absence of government, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, riot, rebellion, mutiny, disorder, disorganization, misrule, chaos, tumult, turmoil, mayhem, pandemonium
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  • 2The organization of society on the basis of voluntary cooperation, without political institutions or hierarchical government; anarchism.


Mid 16th century via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler’.