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autarchy

[ aw-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɔ tɑr ki /
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noun, plural au·tar·chies.
absolute sovereignty.
an autocratic government.
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Origin of autarchy

First recorded in 1655–65, autarchy is from the Greek word autarchía self-rule. See aut-, -archy

OTHER WORDS FROM autarchy

au·tar·chic, au·tar·chi·cal, adjectiveau·tar·chi·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·chist, noun
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How to use autarchy in a sentence

  • Of the over 240 distinct territories, countries, and protectorates, very few (if any) are truly autarchic entities.

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

  • It resulted in a new set of dependencies among communities that had afforded autarchic modes of existence for thousands of years.

British Dictionary definitions for autarchy (1 of 2)

autarchy1
/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies
unlimited rule; autocracy
self-government; self-rule

Derived forms of autarchy

autarchic or autarchical, adjective

Word Origin for autarchy

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

British Dictionary definitions for autarchy (2 of 2)

autarchy2
/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies
a variant spelling (now rare) of autarky
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