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noun, plural au·tar·chies.
  1. absolute sovereignty.
  2. an autocratic government.
  3. autarky.

Origin of autarchy

First recorded in 1655–65, autarchy is from the Greek word autarchía self-rule. See aut-, -archy
Related formsau·tar·chic, au·tar·chi·cal, adjectiveau·tar·chi·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·chist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • At a very small scale of existence, such as autarchic existence, the means were very simple, and very few.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

British Dictionary definitions for autarchic


noun plural -chies
  1. unlimited rule; autocracy
  2. self-government; self-rule
Derived Formsautarchic or autarchical, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Greek autarkhia, from autarkhos autocratic; see auto-, -archy


noun plural -chies
  1. a variant spelling (now rare) of autarky
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Word Origin and History for autarchic



1660s, "absolute sovereignty," from Greek autarkhia, from autarkhein "to be an absolute ruler," from autos "self" (see auto-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon).

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