anarchy /ˈanəki/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems

he must ensure public order in a country threatened with anarchy.
2. absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.
– origin mid 16th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek anarkhia, from anarkhos, from an- ‘without’ + arkhos ‘chief, ruler’.

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