from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The theory or doctrine that all forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished.
- n. Active resistance and terrorism against the state, as used by some anarchists.
- n. Rejection of all forms of coercive control and authority: "He was inclined to anarchism; he hated system and organization and uniformity” ( Bertrand Russell).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The belief that proposes the absence and abolition of hierarchy and authority in most forms.
- n. , a political and philosophical belief that all forms of involuntary rule or government are undesirable or unnecessary, and that society could function without a ruler or involuntary government (a state).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine or practice of anarchists.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Confusion; disorder; anarchy.
- n. The doctrines of the anarchists; the anarchic and socialistic scheme of society proposed by Proudhon. See anarchy, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a political theory favoring the abolition of governments
From anarchy + -ism. (Wiktionary)