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anarchy

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Etymology

New Latin anarchia < Ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarchía) < ἀν- (an-), not), + ἀρχός (archos), ruler, authority).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
anarchy

Plural
anarchies

anarchy (anarchies)
  1. (uncountable) The state of a society being without authoritarians or a governing body.
  2. (uncountable) Anarchism; the political theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals, rather than by government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.
  3. (countable) A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.
  4. confusion in general; disorder

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  • (confusion in general): Anarchists feel it is inappropriate to use anarchy to mean “a state of chaos or confusion”. However, many non-anarchists do use it that way.

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