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

  • Considering the anarch I must have been, I marvel at their toleration.

  • Now Emerson was an anarch who flouted the conventions of art and life.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • The idea of live and let live has never been the propaganda of the anarch.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • For the spiritual breath of life to the anarch is flattery, attention.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

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


    James Huneker

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