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anarchynoun [U]

uk   /ˈæn.ə.ki/  us   /-ɚ-/
a ​situation in which there is no ​organization and ​control, ​especially in ​society, because there is no ​effectivegovernment: What we are ​witnessing is the country's ​slowslide into anarchy. The ​country has been in a ​state of anarchy since the ​inconclusiveelection. If the ​paydeal isn't ​settledamicably there'll be anarchy in the ​factories.
(Definition of anarchy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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anarchynoun [U]

 us   /ˈæn·ər·ki, -ˌɑr·ki/
politics & government a ​lack of ​organization and ​control in a ​society or ​group, esp. because either there is no ​government or it has no ​power: Civil ​war has ​led to anarchy. The ​crowd was ​restless and verging on anarchy.
anarchist
noun [C]  us   /ˈæn·ər·kɪst, ˈænˌɑr-/
politics & government Belief in ​freedom doesn’t make you an anarchist.
(Definition of anarchy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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