Definition of anarchy in English:

anarchy

noun

mass noun
  • 1A state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.

    ‘he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy’
    • ‘If not repaired now it may become irreparable, and there is the danger of anarchy and chaos in India too.’
    • ‘Consider the unprecedented scenes of anarchy and chaos that engulfed Britain last Monday night.’
    • ‘What does it mean that there is anarchy in the international system?’
    • ‘He thought that if this system crumbled then anarchy and tyranny would prevail.’
    • ‘Iraq is not a problem because of guerrillas, but because of anarchy and lawlessness.’
    • ‘Clowns are, in a sense, anarchic, but they also have to be sensitive as to where they create anarchy and chaos.’
    • ‘We cannot afford to have such traffic anarchy and chaos on our roads.’
    • ‘Rebels advanced on the capital which erupted in anarchy and mayhem as armed gangs looted and fought each other on the streets.’
    • ‘He kept a diary of the events of the next 14 months as a first-hand witness to the chaos and anarchy of the Russian Revolution.’
    • ‘There was anarchy, chaos, gangs of armed and brutal thugs, panic, starvation and horror.’
    • ‘If the politicians don't come up with a fairer alternative to the current system, then anarchy is what we'll have.’
    • ‘The very idea of being able to control anarchy denies its nature.’
    • ‘I am not quite sure why it has avoided sliding into anarchy - the controls seem very lax.’
    • ‘This is cultural chaos and online anarchy in the service of the baying mob.’
    • ‘The emerging system may look like anarchy to us, and it certainly looked like chaos to all the old civil servants in Germany.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a revolutionary insurrection by a disaffected Kentish mob threatens to bring anarchy to London.’
    • ‘When you have people losing trust in the system it leads to anarchy.’
    • ‘David Bedein paints a picture of growing anarchy and chaos as Abbas steadily loses control.’
    • ‘This shift, from control to anarchy, also extended to Meirelles' directions for his actors.’
    • ‘Fail to control domestic anarchy and the economy becomes a laughing stock.’
    lawlessness, absence of government, nihilism, mobocracy, revolution, insurrection, riot, rebellion, mutiny, disorder, disorganization, misrule, chaos, tumult, turmoil, mayhem, pandemonium
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  • 2Absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.

    • ‘Under this bill, anything you'd write or say in favor of anarchy could land you to up to ten years in prison.’
    • ‘If the world is thought of in terms of anarchy then power politics will be seen as the solution to the problem of insecurity.’
    • ‘Maybe anarchy is the only way, in moral if not practical terms.’
    • ‘He presumably wants public anarchy funded by socialist tyranny, but that is another issue.’
    • ‘This law never came into being as even the Nazi leaders realised that this law would create social anarchy.’
    • ‘To adherents of realism, anarchy is the defining feature of relations among states.’
    • ‘Many suppose that tyranny and anarchy are at opposite ends of a linear spectrum.’
    • ‘In his book, Max Barry seems to be making the point that anarchy is not freedom.’
    • ‘The economic anarchy of capitalist society is the real source of the evil.’
    • ‘As ways of organising a society go, I can only justify democracy and anarchy.’
    • ‘In other words, international anarchy based on sovereign states is a system of freedom for groups.’
    • ‘Opposed is the apparent liberalism, individualism and anarchy on offer in a postmodern world.’
    • ‘I think direct democracy or anarchy may in fact be more subject to abuse than the representative type of democracies held up as the ideal now.’
    • ‘It kinda seems an oxymoron but thinking about it, isn't anarchy just extreme liberalism?’
    • ‘Now the human rights dilemmas of the twenty-first century proceed more from anarchy than from tyranny.’
    • ‘There are only two alternatives to a fair election, anarchy or dictatorship.’
    • ‘It means seizing the factories and offices with the aim of replacing the anarchy of the capitalist market by democratic planning.’
    • ‘Or maybe Dr. Chaos really is the last hope of anarchy, and it's all a big lizard plot?’
    • ‘In hundreds of pages they endeavoured to show just how democratic centralised Soviet anarchy was supposed to be.’
    • ‘On Tocqueville's account, then, freedom of association and a free press do not promote anarchy.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

anarchy

/ˈanəki/