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[an-ahr-kik] /ænˈɑr kɪk/
of, like, or tending to anarchy.
advocating anarchy.
not regulated by law; lawless:
Anarchic bands pillaged the countryside.
Also, anarchical.
Origin of anarchic
1780-90; < French anarchique, or anarch(y) + -ic
Related forms
anarchically, adverb
hyperanarchic, adjective
nonanarchic, adjective
nonanarchical, adjective
nonanarchically, adverb
proanarchic, adjective
unanarchic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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

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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