anarchy Definition

  • 1a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority
  • 2absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal

Using anarchy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "anarchy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The country was in a state of anarchy after the revolution.

  • Example

    Anarchy is often associated with violent protests and riots.

  • Example

    The anarchist group advocates for the abolition of all forms of government.

anarchy Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for anarchy

Antonyms for anarchy

Phrases with anarchy

  • a person who believes in or advocates for anarchism


    He was arrested for being an anarchist and promoting anti-government ideas.

  • a term used by the US government to describe cities or states that have allowed violence and destruction to occur during protests and riots


    The federal government threatened to withhold funding from cities it deemed to be anarchist jurisdictions.

  • a book containing instructions on how to make explosives, drugs, and other illegal items, often associated with anarchist groups


    The police found an anarchist cookbook in his possession during the raid.

Origins of anarchy

from Greek 'anarkhia', meaning 'without a ruler'


Summary: anarchy in Brief

The term 'anarchy' [ˈænərki] refers to a state of disorder caused by the absence or nonrecognition of authority. It can also refer to the political ideal of absolute freedom of the individual without any form of government. Examples of anarchy include violent protests and riots. Phrases like 'anarchist' and 'anarchist jurisdiction' are associated with individuals or places that promote anti-government ideas or allow violence to occur. 'Anarchy' is synonymous with 'lawlessness' and 'disorder,' and informal synonyms include 'chaos' and 'mayhem.'

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