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anarchic

or anarchical

[an-ahr-kik] /ænˈɑr kɪk/
adjective
1.
of, like, or tending to anarchy.
2.
advocating anarchy.
3.
not regulated by law; lawless:
Anarchic bands pillaged the countryside.
Origin of anarchic
1780-1790
1780-90; < French anarchique, or anarch(y) + -ic
Related forms
anarchically, adverb
hyperanarchic, adjective
nonanarchic, adjective
nonanarchical, adjective
nonanarchically, adverb
proanarchic, adjective
unanarchic, adjective
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  • The old and anarchic system of Dublin Castle seems to be definitely doomed.

    Six days of the Irish Republic Louis Redmond-Howard
  • If my anarchic friends will not have rules, they will have rulers.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • It was supposed to be democratic, but it sometimes bordered on the anarchic.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • Law can as little be anarchic as anarchy can be an institute of law.

  • More than once Magdaléna wished that she was cast in her friend's anarchic mould.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Word Origin and History for 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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