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an·ar·chy

anarchy

 
pronunciation:
ae nr ki
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part of speech: noun
inflections: anarchies
definition 1: a complete lack of government or law within a country or society.
There was anarchy after the royal family was kidnapped.
antonyms:
government
definition 2: a state of confusion or disorder.
The loss of electricity caused anarchy in the city.
synonyms:
turmoil
similar words:
chaos, confusion, disorder, mess, 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