Definition of autarchy in US English:


nounPlural autarchies

  • 1

    another term for autocracy
    • ‘But all forms of economic nationalism, from the policy of import substitution to the national autarchy of the Stalinist regime in the former USSR, have failed in the face of the increasing integration of the world economy.’
    • ‘The international perspectives which were behind the revolution of 1917 had nothing to do with the politics of national autarchy which were sanctioned in the Soviet Union in the middle of the 1920s.’
  • 2

    variant spelling of autarky


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin autarchia, from Greek autos ‘self’ + -arkhia (from arkhein ‘take the lead’), on the pattern of monarchia ‘monarchy’.