[ 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 formsau·tar·chic, au·tar·chi·cal, adjectiveau·tar·chi·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·chist, noun

Definition for autarchy (2 of 2)


or au·tar·chy

[ aw-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɔ tɑr ki /

noun, plural au·tar·kies.

the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
a national policy of economic independence.

Origin of autarky

1610–20; < Greek autárkeia, equivalent to aut- aut- + arke- suffice + -ia -ia
Related formsau·tar·kic, au·tar·ki·cal, adjectiveau·tar·ki·cal·ly, adverbau·tar·kist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autarchy (1 of 3)


/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

unlimited rule; autocracy
self-government; self-rule
Derived Formsautarchic or autarchical, adjective

Word Origin for autarchy

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

British Dictionary definitions for autarchy (2 of 3)


/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

a variant spelling (now rare) of autarky

British Dictionary definitions for autarchy (3 of 3)


/ (ˈɔːtɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -kies

(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
Derived Formsautarkic, adjectiveautarkist, noun

Word Origin for autarky

C17: from Greek autarkeia, from autarkēs self-sufficient, from auto- + arkein to suffice
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