anarchism[an′ər kiz′əm, -är-]
anarchism definition by Webster's New World
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- the theory that all forms of government interfere unjustly with individual liberty and should be replaced by the voluntary association of cooperative groups
- resistance, sometimes by terrorism, to organized government
Origin: anarch(y) plush -ism
anarchism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- The theory or doctrine that all forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished.
- Active resistance and terrorism against the state, as used by some anarchists.
- Rejection of all forms of coercive control and authority: “He was inclined to anarchism; he hated system and organization and uniformity” (Bertrand Russell).
- anˌar·chisˈtic adjective
anarchism - Cultural Definition
The belief that all existing governmental authority should be abolished and replaced by free cooperation among individuals.
- Anarchy is sometimes used to refer to any state of chaos or lawlessness.