[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. anaptyxis,
  2. anapurna,
  3. anarch,
  4. anarchic,
  5. anarchism,
  6. anarchistic,
  7. anarcho-syndicalism,
  8. anarcho-syndicalist,
  9. anarchy,
  10. anarithmia

Origin of anarchist

First recorded in 1670–80; anarch(y) + -ist

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pseudo-anarchistic


/ (ˈænəkɪst) /


a person who advocates the abolition of government and a social system based on voluntary cooperation
a person who causes disorder or upheaval
Derived Formsanarchistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pseudo-anarchistic



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

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