Adjective "acephalous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not having a head.
  1. 'Thus the design may sometimes appear acephalous and at other times polycephalous (Hydra-headed).'
  2. 'Sierra Leone was the object of similar plunder, leaving an acephalous state in rampant disorder only to be stabilised by British Tommies.'
  3. 'The project could be described as an acephalous horde, in which there may be some person with more influence than others, but where everything is agreed in direct communication.'
  4. 'Reflecting the primacy of kinship bonds, tribes are resolutely egalitarian, segmental, and acephalous - to use terms favored by anthropologists.'
  5. 'Whereas most large centralized states surrendered after an initial confrontation and defeat, certain small, and also acephalous, polities kept up a long drawn-out military struggle against alien rule.'
(typically of a hexameter beginning with a short syllable) lacking a syllable or syllables in the first foot.


    1. Also, acephalic[ey-suh-fal-ik]/ˌeɪ səˈfæl ɪk/. Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.

    2. without a leader or ruler.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "societies can be acephalous."


    Mid 18th century: via medieval Latin from Greek akephalos ‘headless’ (from a- ‘without’ + kephalē ‘head’) + -ous.