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an·ar·chy

 (ăn′ər-kē)
n. pl. an·ar·chies
1. Absence of any form of political authority.
2. Political disorder and confusion.
3. Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.

[New Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhiā, from anarkhos, without a ruler : an-, without; see a-1 + arkhos, ruler; see -arch.]

anarchy

(ˈænəkɪ)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) general lawlessness and disorder, esp when thought to result from an absence or failure of government
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the absence or lack of government
3. the absence of any guiding or uniting principle; disorder; chaos
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of political anarchism
[C16: from Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos without a ruler, from an- + arkh- leader, from arkhein to rule]
anarchic, anˈarchical adj
anˈarchically adv

an•ar•chy

(ˈæn ər ki)

n.
1. a state of society without government or law.
2. political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control.
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.
4. confusion; chaos; disorder.
[1530–40; < Middle French anarchie or Medieval Latin anarchia < Greek anarchía lack of a leader]
an•ar•chic (ænˈɑr kɪk) an•ar′chi•cal, adj.
an•ar′chi•cal•ly, adv.

anarchy

an absence of government and law; political disorder, often accompanied by violence. See also order and disorder.
See also: Government
extreme disorder. See also government.
See also: Order and Disorder
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.anarchy - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)anarchy - a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"
disorder - a disturbance of the peace or of public order
nihilism - complete denial of all established authority and institutions

anarchy

anarchy

noun
A lack of civil order or peace:
Translations
فَقْدَان الحُكْمفَوْضى
анархия
anarchiebezvládíchaoszmatek
anarkilovløshed
anarkia
anarhija
anarchia
stjórnleysi
anarchijaanarchistasanarchizmaschaosassuirutė
anarhijasajukums
anarhie
anarchiabezvládie
anarki
anarşikarışklık

anarchy

[ˈænəkɪ] N
1. (Pol) → anarquía f
2. (= chaos) → anarquía f

anarchy

[ˈænərki] n (= chaos, disorder) → anarchie f

anarchy

nAnarchie f

anarchy

[ˈænəkɪ] nanarchia

anarchy

(ˈӕnəki) noun
1. the absence or failure of government. Total anarchy followed the defeat of the government.
2. disorder and confusion.
ˈanarchist noun
1. a person who believes that governments are unnecessary or undesirable.
2. a person who tries to overturn the government by violence.
ˈanarchism noun
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Those anarchies work because, contra Hobbes, they do not lack an enforcer of rights.