WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
an•ar•chy /ˈænɚki/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Governmenta state of society without government or law:They favored anarchy over tyranny.
  2. confusion; chaos;
    disorder:Their household was in a state of anarchy.
an•ar•chic /ænˈɑrkɪk/USA pronunciation  an•ar•chi•cal, adj. 
an•ar•chi•cal•ly, adv. See -arch-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
an•ar•chy  (anər kē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta state of society without government or law.
  2. Governmentpolitical and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control:The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
  3. Governmenta theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society.
  4. confusion;
    disorder:Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.
  • Greek, anarchía lawlessness, literally, lack of a leader, equivalent. to ánarch(os) leaderless (an- an-1 + arch(ós) leader + -os adjective, adjectival suffix) + -ia -y3
  • Middle French anarchie or Medieval Latin anarchia)
  • ( 1530–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

anarchy /ˈænəkɪ/ n
  1. general lawlessness and disorder, esp when thought to result from an absence or failure of government
  2. the absence or lack of government
  3. the absence of any guiding or uniting principle; disorder; chaos
  4. the theory or practice of political anarchism
Etymology: 16th Century: from Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos without a ruler, from an- + arkh- leader, from arkhein to rule

anarchic /ænˈɑːkɪk/, anˈarchical adj

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