anarchy

anarchy
noun Etymology: Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek, from anarchos having no ruler, from an- + archos ruler — more at arch- Date: 1539 1. a. absence of government b. a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority c. a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government 2. a. absence or denial of any authority or established order b. absence of order ; disorder <
not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature — Israel Shenker
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3. anarchism

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