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anarchic

[an-ahr-kik]
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adjective
  1. of, like, or tending to anarchy.
  2. advocating anarchy.
  3. not regulated by law; lawless: Anarchic bands pillaged the countryside.
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Also an·ar·chi·cal.

Origin of anarchic

1780–90; < French anarchique, or anarch(y) + -ic
Related formsan·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverbhy·per·an·ar·chic, adjectivenon·an·ar·chic, adjectivenon·an·ar·chi·cal, adjectivenon·an·ar·chi·cal·ly, adverbpro·an·ar·chic, adjectiveun·an·ar·chic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anarchical

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.

    Ethics

    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts


Word Origin and History for anarchical

anarchic

adj.

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).

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