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anarchism

[an-er-kiz-uh m] /ˈæn ərˌkɪz əm/
noun
1.
a doctrine urging the abolition of government or governmental restraint as the indispensable condition for full social and political liberty.
2.
the methods or practices of anarchists, as the use of violence to undermine government.
3.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; anarch(y) + -ism
Related forms
proanarchism, noun
semianarchism, noun
Can be confused
anarchism, anarchy.
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  • anarchism as a social movement has regularly endured fluctuations in popularity.
  • anarchism is not the reign of love, but the reign of justice.
British Dictionary definitions for anarchism

anarchism

/ˈænəˌkɪzəm/
noun
1.
(political theory) a doctrine advocating the abolition of government
2.
the principles or practice of anarchists
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Word Origin and History for anarchism
n.

1640s; see anarchy + -ism.

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anarchism in Culture
anarchism [(an-uhr-kiz-uhm)]

The belief that all existing governmental authority should be abolished and replaced by free cooperation among individuals.

Note: Anarchy is sometimes used to refer to any state of chaos or lawlessness.
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