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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Definitions for autarky
  1. the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
  2. a national policy of economic independence.

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Citations for autarky
"Why's Buna important?" "Because it'll win us autarky." "That doesn't sound very good." "It's not like anarchy, Tantchen. Autarky. We'll be self-sufficient." Martin Amis, The Zone of Interest, 2014
Why America, right at the dawning of the most intensely integrating period our model of globalization has ever seen, considers autarky on energy to be an ideal is truly bizarre. Thomas P. M. Barnett, Great Powers: America and the World After Bush, 2009
Origin of autarky
1610-1620
Autarky comes from the Greek noun autárkeia “self-sufficiency, independence,” a compound of the combining form auto- “self” and the verb arkeîn “to suffice.” The word is problematic in English because its spelling is almost identical with that of autarchy “absolute sovereignty,” and the pronunciations of the two words are identical. Autarky entered English in the 17th century.
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