- absolute sovereignty.
- an autocratic government.
Origin of autarchy
- the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
- a national policy of economic independence.
Origin of autarky
Examples from the Web for autarchy
Autarchy proved decreasingly possible as the church tried to extend its involvement.
The artistic experience of the civilization of illiteracy is also characterized by impatience and autarchy.
- unlimited rule; autocracy
- self-government; self-rule
- a variant spelling (now rare) of autarky
- (esp of a political unit) a system or policy of economic self-sufficiency aimed at removing the need for imports
- an economically self-sufficient country
Word Origin and History for autarchy
1610s, "self-sufficiency," from Greek autarkeia "sufficiency in oneself, independence," from autarkes "self-sufficient, having enough, independent of others" (also used of countries), from autos "self" (see auto-) + arkein "to ward off, keep off," also "to be strong enough, sufficient," from PIE root *ark- "to hold, contain, guard" (see arcane). From a different Greek source than autarchy, and thus the spelling. As a term in international economics, prominent late 1930s. Related: Autarkic.