anarchy[an′ər kē, -är′-]
Lawlessness in a country because of the break down of the government is an example of anarchy.
- the complete absence of government
- political disorder and violence; lawlessness
- disorder in any sphere of activity
Origin of anarchyClassical Greek anarchia: see anarch
- Absence of any form of political authority.
- Political disorder and confusion.
- Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.
Origin of anarchyNew Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhiā, from anarkhos, without a ruler : an-, without; see a–1 + arkhos, ruler; see –arch.
(countable and uncountable, plural anarchies)
- (uncountable) The state of a society being without authorities or an authoritative governing body.
- (uncountable) Anarchism; the political theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals, rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.
- (countable) A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.
- Confusion in general; disorder.
- (confusion or misunderstanding in general): Anarchists feel it is inappropriate to use anarchy to mean “a state of chaos or confusion”. However, this has historically been a common use of the word.
New Latin anarchia, from Ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarkhiā), from ἀν- (an-, “not”), + ἀρχή (arkhē, “power, authority”).