from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Absence of any form of political authority.
- n. Political disorder and confusion.
- n. Absence of any cohesive principle, such as a common standard or purpose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The state of a society being without authorities or a governing body.
- n. Anarchism; the political theory that a community is best organized by the voluntary cooperation of individuals, rather than by a government, which is regarded as being coercive by nature.
- n. A chaotic and confusing absence of any form of political authority or government.
- n. Confusion in general; disorder.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion.
- n. Hence, confusion or disorder, in general.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Absence or insufficiency of government; a state of society in which there is no capable supreme power, and in which the several functions of the state are performed badly or not at all; social and political confusion.
- n. Specifically A social theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all direct government of man by man as the political ideal; absolute individual liberty.
- n. Confusion in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
New Latin anarchia, from Greek anarkhiā, from anarkhos, without a ruler : an-, without; see a-1 + arkhos, ruler; see -arch.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin anarchia, from Ancient Greek ἀναρχία (anarkhiā), from ἀν- (an-, "not"), + ἀρχή (arkhē, "power, authority"). (Wiktionary)