noun Archaic.

Origin of anarch

First recorded in 1880–85; back formation from anarchy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anarch

Historical Examples of anarch

  • The anarch's huge fists became knotted; wrinkles corrugated his forehead; but he did not stir.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • His greatest service to his own country, indeed, was not as anarch, but as teacher of writing.

    A Book of Prefaces

    H. L. Mencken

  • And now she was discovering what a disorganizer love is, what an anarch among plans, what a smasher of china.

  • Like Carlo Cafiero, the rich Italian anarch, you must give your money to us—every cent of it.


    James Huneker

  • Weapons of the most ethereal temper spend their keenness in vain against the 'anarch old' whose power lies in utter insensibility.

British Dictionary definitions for anarch



archaic an instigator or personification of anarchy
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Word Origin and History for anarch

"leader of leaderlessness," 1660s, a deliciously paradoxical word used by Milton, Pope, Byron; see anarchy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper