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[an-er-kist] /ˈæn ər kɪst/
a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism.
a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.
Origin of anarchist
First recorded in 1670-80; anarch(y) + -ist
Related forms
anarchistic, adjective
nonanarchistic, adjective
pseudoanarchistic, adjective
semianarchist, noun
semianarchistic, adjective
unanarchistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for anarchistic
Contemporary Examples
  • The Turfers are freakish, passionate, half-baked, dignified, defiant, rude, anarchistic, but they are not Republicans.

Historical Examples
  • It is impossible to present here all recognized anarchistic teachings, not to say all anarchistic teachings.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • And mind, Mary can hear, too; so if it is too anarchistic she will come to the rescue.

    Three Little Women's Success Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • These anarchistic doctrines had a quaint absurdity on the lips of this mild, little New England woman.

    One Woman's Life Robert Herrick
  • And you will find some of them as anarchistic as you will find their men.

  • There were two seals on it; one was in anarchistic red and the other in Wall Street gold.

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
  • "Another of them anarchistic attempts," growled one of the men.

    The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton
  • We have now gained the standpoint that permits us to view comprehensively the entire body of anarchistic teachings.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • The anarchistic party was not slow to adopt the designation that was given to it.

    Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher
  • What a pity that so lovely a girl must be corrupted by such wretched, unsocial, anarchistic notions.

    The "Genius" Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for anarchistic


a person who advocates the abolition of government and a social system based on voluntary cooperation
a person who causes disorder or upheaval
Derived Forms
anarchistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for anarchistic

1845; see anarchy + -istic. Also cf. anarchic. Related: Anarchistically.



1670s; see anarchy + -ist. The word got a boost into modernity from the French Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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