anarchy

an•ar•chy
[[t]ˈæn ər ki[/t]] n.
1) gov a state of society without government or law
2) gov political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control
3) gov a theory that regards the absence of all direct or coercive government as a political ideal and that proposes the cooperative and voluntary association of individuals and groups as the principal mode of organized society
4) confusion; chaos; disorder
Etymology: 1530–40; < MF anarchie or ML anarchia < Gk anarchía lack of a leader an•ar•chic ænˈɑr kɪk an•ar′chi•cal,adj. an•ar′chi•cal•ly, adv.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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