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anarchy

an·ar·chy

anarchy

pronunciation:
ae nr ki
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part of speech: noun
inflections: anarchies
definition 1: absence of government or law within a state or society.
After the leader's assassination, there was anarchy until one of the rebel factions was able to gain control.
synonyms:
lawlessness, mobocracy, ochlocracy
antonyms:
government
similar words:
nihilism, utopia
definition 2: political and social disorder resulting from a lack or absence of governmental authority.
Many were senselessly murdered during the period of anarchy that followed the revolution.
synonyms:
disarray, disorder
antonyms:
order
similar words:
confusion, insurgence, insurrection, tumult
definition 3: a state of confusion or disorder; chaos.
The power blackout caused anarchy in the city.
synonyms:
disarray, tumult, turmoil
antonyms:
government
similar words:
bedlam, chaos, confusion, disorder, mess, pandemonium, riot
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a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.
arch, archi, arche (archae), archeo, (archaeo), -arch, -archy Greek root that means first in rank or time
synonyms:
prim, princ, prot, proto