• WordNet 3.6
    • n anarchy a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Anarchy Absence of government; the state of society where there is no law or supreme power; a state of lawlessness; political confusion. "Spread anarchy and terror all around."
    • Anarchy Hence, confusion or disorder, in general. "There being then . . . an anarchy , as I may term it, in authors and their rekoning of years."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anarchy 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 anarchy 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. The most noted expounder of this theory was Pierre Joseph Prondhon (1809–1865), whose views have been adopted, with various modifications, by many agitators.
    • n anarchy Confusion in general. Synonyms Anarchy, Chaos. Anarchy is an absence of government; chaos is an absence of order.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anarchy an′ark-i the want of government in a state: political confusion: conflict of opinion
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  • William Butler Yeats
    “Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.”
  • Earl Riney
    Earl Riney
    “Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Better the rule of One, whom all obey, than to let clamorous demagogues betray our freedom with the kiss of anarchy.”
  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro
    “There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The worst thing in the world next to anarchy, is government.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is no chance, and no anarchy, in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. anarchie,. See Anarch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. a, an, neg., archē, government.


In literature:

To resist it is anarchy.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
Piracy without and bloodshed and anarchy within form the staple of the records.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
Many unhealthy symptoms told of a profound moral anarchy weighing on a weakened and irresolute society.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
We are up against Bolshevism, which means anarchy pure and simple.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Anarchy in the Colonies.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Den vill Anarchy reign subreme ofer de gabitalist vampire!
"Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York" by Lemuel Ely Quigg
The Southern confederacy is the organized protest of anarchy against law.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Complete Linked Table of Contents to the Six Volumes" by Hippolyte A. Taine
The natural growth of wealth and a patient good government had gradually put an end to all social anarchy.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
John Smith, the colony must soon have perished through anarchy.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott

In poetry:

Not in the dark, wild tide of War,
Which rose so high, and rolled so far,
Sweeping from sea to sea
In awful anarchy:--
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
No....horrid contrast! on that scene
The murderer reared his poniard keen;
There proudly stalked with hideous mien
The blood-stained sons of anarchy.
"Lines On The Place De La Concorde At Paris," by Amelia Opie
No….horrid contrast! on that scene
The murderer reared his poniard keen;
There proudly stalked with hideous mien
The blood-stained sons of anarchy.
"On the Place de la Concorde" by Amelia Opie
FAREWEL , sweet shelter of the vernal grove,
For lo! sad Autumn, desolating pow'r!
Along the vales thy faded beauties rove,
And spread wild anarchy from bow'r to bow'r.
"Ode To Autumn" by Emma Lyon
To mischief turn the pleasures of the night;
Anger abuses, Malice loudly rails,
Revenge awakes, and Anarchy prevails;
Till wine, that raised the tempest, makes its
"The Borough. Letter X: Clubs And Social Meetings" by George Crabbe
Nay, Reason, shocked at anarchy,
Demands an author and an aim,
Seeks ever for the master-key
To solve the mystery,--Whence came
This starlit sea of Evermore,
Without a shore?
"Life's Trilogy" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Segal, at least, we have seen in 'Married with Children' and 'Sons of Anarchy' as a physical person, but Billy West.
That jaw -dropping 'Sons of Anarchy' cameo, and (groan) more 'Dance Moms': TV Talk.
The plane was carrying various members of the press as she traveled on her 777 tour, but as the journalists struggled to get any time with the Barbadian starlet, the flight descended into anarchy.
'Sons of Anarchy's' Theo Rossi: ' Juice Knows That the Dominoes Are Coming Down'.
'Sons of Anarchy' Actor Books ' Justified ' Gig (Exclusive).
A Sons of Anarchy actor is jumping to another FX drama.
Sons of Anarchy 'Orca Shrugged' Review: Blackmail, Black Latex and Bad Aim.
'Sons of Anarchy' Is Hamlet in Black Leather .
'Sons of Anarchy' stretches episode length .
"Sons of Anarchy" ran five 90-minute episodes during its fifth season.
Anarchy, chaos behind Colorado civil unions bill may have long-lasting effects.
Golden Globe TV snubs include ' Mad Men,' 'Sons of Anarchy'.
There would be anarchy without it.
Dead 'Sons of Anarchy' actor 'was on a destructive path,' show creator says.
In the 1980's, rebellious teenagers used to scrawl an "A" for anarchy on high school walls in hopes of inciting chaos and revolution.

In science:

They considered the unilateral sum-distance model and proved a bound of max {1, O(√α) } on the price of anarchy in general, and an O(1) bound for α
The Price of Anarchy for Network Formation in an Adversary Model
They showed an O(√α) bound for 1 ď α ă n2 on the price of anarchy.
The Price of Anarchy for Network Formation in an Adversary Model
Moscibroda, Schmid, and Wattenhofer [MSW06] in 2006 studied the price of anarchy in a variation of the sum-distance model where the distance between two vertices is generalized, that is, it may be given by any metric.
The Price of Anarchy for Network Formation in an Adversary Model
Halevi and Mansour [HM07] in 2007 studied the price of anarchy in the sum-distance model under the generalization that each player has a list of “friends”, that is, a list of other vertices and she is only interested in her distance to those.
The Price of Anarchy for Network Formation in an Adversary Model
They proved structural properties and bounds on the price of anarchy.
The Price of Anarchy for Network Formation in an Adversary Model