- a state of society without government or law.
- political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control: The death of the king was followed by a year of anarchy.
- anarchism(def 1).
- lack of obedience to an authority; insubordination: the anarchy of his rebellious teenage years.
- confusion and disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith. It was impossible to find the book I was looking for in the anarchy of his bookshelves.
Origin of anarchy
Examples from the Web for anarchy
Letting humans use their common sense is not an invitation to anarchy.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
I had the opportunity to appear on the popular Sons of Anarchy series in their final season.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex
December 27, 2014
There are quite enough sons of anarchy in Syria and Iraq already.Dutch Biker Gangs Vs. ISIS
Nadette De Visser, Christopher Dickey
December 9, 2014
And this is the prevailing attitude that white St. Louis fears the most: an all out riot, anarchy, lawlessness, disorder.Ferguson Tensions in Black and White
November 21, 2014
The notion of anarchy so appalled the conservative Reagan, he came out against Briggs, and it was defeated.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy.
Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.The Devil's Dictionary
It may be true (on the whole it is) that this social machine we have made is better than anarchy.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
Let this business of anarchy be dealt with and settled once and for all!The Harbor
- general lawlessness and disorder, esp when thought to result from an absence or failure of government
- the absence or lack of government
- the absence of any guiding or uniting principle; disorder; chaos
- the theory or practice of political anarchism
Word Origin and History for anarchy
1530s, from French anarchie or directly from Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhia "lack of a leader, the state of people without a government" (in Athens, used of the Year of Thirty Tyrants, 404 B.C., when there was no archon), noun of state from anarkhos "rulerless," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + arkhos "leader" (see archon).
Either the State for ever, crushing individual and local life, taking over in all fields of human activity, bringing with it its wars and its domestic struggles for power, its palace revolutions which only replace one tyrant by another, and inevitably at the end of this development there is ... death! Or the destruction of States, and new life starting again in thousands of centers on the principle of the lively initiative of the individual and groups and that of free agreement. The choice lies with you! [Prince Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921)]