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[an-ahr-kik] /ænˈɑr kɪk/
of, like, or tending to anarchy.
advocating anarchy.
not regulated by law; lawless:
Anarchic bands pillaged the countryside.
Also, anarchical.
1780-90; < French anarchique, or anarch(y) + -ic
Related forms
anarchically, adverb
hyperanarchic, adjective
nonanarchic, adjective
nonanarchical, adjective
nonanarchically, adverb
proanarchic, adjective
unanarchic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • My anarchic heart can't help but be gratified at these findings.
  • Therefore the built environment was the result of large-scale anarchic construction activities.
  • The list of those who loved his sly, anarchic voice is long.
  • T he lawbreaking itch is not always an anarchic one.
  • We would live in a violent, anarchic, primitive state of gangs and mercenaries.
  • But it also expresses the disquiet of people unhappy about the more atomized and anarchic world they now find themselves in.
  • Eighty cartoons in all, stocked with the graphic grace and anarchic brio of the all-time great animation unit.
  • The other type of fairy tale is completely anarchic and antiestablishment.
  • But nobody really knows how to prevent more outbursts of anarchic violence.
  • The downside of federalism is that you get an anarchic patchwork of voting practices rather than a coherent system.
Word Origin and History for anarchic

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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