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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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Historical Examples
  • Its functions were in short remedial, not revolutionary or anarchical.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • And certainly in his own work we have a beautiful and anarchical freedom.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • We should be the most monarchical people in Europe if we were not the most anarchical.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • Its functions were, in short, remedial, not revolutionary or anarchical.

    Tradition John Francis Arundell
  • To question the old must inevitably seem irreverent and anarchical.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • We have before us a state of society in which the anarchical element is predominant.

    Landholding In England Joseph Fisher
  • The violent and anarchical France at the opening of the 20th century.

  • Their moral and social world is in a chaotic and anarchical state.

    Cannibals all! George Fitzhugh
  • Ours is no anarchical movement, but one of order and obedience.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4 American Anti-Slavery Society
  • Time is the true remedy for all bad passions and for all anarchical doctrines.

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
Word Origin and History for anarchical



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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