lawlessness lawlessness  /ˈlɔ ləs nəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
  2. (n) illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Photographer Erik Meza rides with the Federal Police in the Mexican capital as they battle a seemingly endless wave of lawlessness.
  2. Not until the advent of Signor Mussolini and his Fascist! has any government dared to put down their wholesale lawlessness, although many half-hearted attempts have been made.
  3. After an initial period of relative calm, lawlessness quickly spreads.

News

  1. The Purge: 5 Ways to Prepare for Lockdown

    America, a decade from now. Crime and poverty are at an all-time low. The catch: One day a year, a 12-hour period of lawlessness is unleashed upon the nation. Between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m., the...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: E! Online

  2. In Libya, Gunfight Between Protesters And Former Rebels Leaves 7 Dead In Benghazi

    TRIPOLI, Libya -- A gunfight between protesters and former rebels aligned with the military in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi left seven people dead on Saturday, a health official said, the latest episode of lawlessness to hit the North African country.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Huffington Post

  3. Gunfight in Libya's eastern city leaves 7 dead

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A gunfight between protesters and former rebels aligned with the military in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi left seven people dead on Saturday, a health official said, the latest episode of lawlessness to hit the North African country.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Quotes

  1. Boehner said the federal government should not sue Arizona but should help that state and others "stop the crime and lawlessness along the border."
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: John Boehner Source: The Associated Press

  2. "My appeal to you and to myself as well, the appeal of all Lebanon, is to stop the slide towards civil war, to stop the language of arms and lawlessness," said Hariri, the son of a slain former prime minister, in a televised appeal to Nasrallah.
    on May 8, 2006 By: Rafik Hariri Source: 940 News

  3. "The Military Commissions Act is a dangerous and misguided law that undercuts our freedoms and assaults our Constitution by removing vital checks and balances designed to prevent government overreaching and lawlessness," Leahy said in a statement.
    on Feb 20, 2007 By: Patrick Leahy Source: International Herald Tribune

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