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anarchic

[an-ahr-kik]
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adjective
  1. of, like, or tending to anarchy.
  2. advocating anarchy.
  3. not regulated by law; lawless: Anarchic bands pillaged the countryside.
Also an·ar·chi·cal.

Origin of anarchic

1780–90; < French anarchique, or anarch(y) + -ic
Related formsan·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·an·ar·chic, adjectivenon·an·ar·chic, adjectivenon·an·ar·chi·cal, adjectivenon·an·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverbpro·an·ar·chic, adjectiveun·an·ar·chic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anarchic

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • It was supposed to be democratic, but it sometimes bordered on the anarchic.

    The Penal Cluster

    Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)

  • Those were anarchic broadcasts with no discernible regularity.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • If my anarchic friends will not have rules, they will have rulers.

    A Chesterton Calendar

    G. K. Chesterton

  • This is true only where "anarchy" is not being created by anarchic actions.

    Our Revolution

    Leon Trotzky

  • Law can as little be anarchic as anarchy can be an institute of law.


Word Origin and History for anarchic

adj.

1755, "chaotic, without order or rule," from Greek anarkhos "without head or chief" (see anarchy) + -ic. Differentiated from anarchistic (1845) which tends to refer to the political philosophy of anarchism. An older word in this sense was anarchical (1590s). Anarchial is from 1710; Landor used anarchal (1824).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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