Definition of "anarchy" []

  • Absence of any form of political authority. (noun)
  • Political disorder and confusion. (noun)
  • Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose. (noun)
  • General lawlessness and disorder, esp when thought to result from an absence or failure of government (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The absence or lack of government (noun)
  • The absence of any guiding or uniting principle; disorder; chaos (noun)
  • The theory or practice of political anarchism (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "anarchy" in a sentence
  • "Using modifications of the term anarchy, such as “market anarchy,” or “anarcho-capitalist,” implies that plain old “anarchy” is *not* libertarian or not compatible with free markets."
  • "In the words of the People's Poet, "now that's what I call anarchy!""
  • "ZAHN: We just had an eye witness on the air, a gentleman named Allister Goldwine, who talked about what he described as anarchy when he entered the cafeteria."