autarchy

[ aw-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɔ tɑr ki /

noun, plural au·tar·chies.

absolute sovereignty.
an autocratic government.

Origin of autarchy

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

Related forms

au·tar·chic, au·tar·chi·cal, adjectiveau·tar·chi·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·chist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for autarchic (1 of 2)

autarchy

1
/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

unlimited rule; autocracy
self-government; self-rule

Derived Forms

autarchic or autarchical, adjective

Word Origin for autarchy

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

British Dictionary definitions for autarchic (2 of 2)

autarchy

2
/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

a variant spelling (now rare) of autarky
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