anarchic

adjective
an·​ar·​chic | \ a-ˈnär-kik How to pronounce anarchic (audio) , ə- \
variants: or less commonly anarchical \ a-​ˈnär-​ki-​kəl How to pronounce anarchical (audio) , ə-​ \

Definition of anarchic

1a : of, relating to, or advocating anarchy
b : likely to bring about anarchy anarchic violence
2 : lacking order, regularity, or definiteness anarchic art forms

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Other Words from anarchic

anarchically \ a-​ˈnär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anarchically (audio) , ə-​ \ adverb

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Examples of anarchic in a Sentence

the citywide blackouts caused anarchic looting and rioting
Recent Examples on the Web Power lines hung in low, anarchic bundles—informal hookups to the grid. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Michael Flynn, a retired general, and H.R. McMaster, an active one, also served as Mr Trump’s first two national security advisers, lending a veneer of normalcy to his anarchic foreign policy. The Economist, "Donald Trump falls out with the military establishment he once wooed," 28 Nov. 2019 But there's something about the anarchic energy Willem brings. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe on making ‘The Lighthouse,’ the strangest movie of the year," 20 Oct. 2019 In the meantime, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has worked with the scooter companies on a code of conduct for riders, and is setting up hundreds of dedicated parking spots to end anarchic parking. Wired, "Paris Ends an E-Scooter Melee With New Rules of the Road," 8 Nov. 2019 The irony is striking, considering Bitcoin’s anarchic origins. Washington Post, "Bitcoin’s Government Enemies Are Planning Their Revenge," 4 Nov. 2019 Despite his awkwardness and digital illiteracy, or perhaps because of it, Saied has been catapulted to power by a youth movement fuelled by an anarchic grassroots social-media campaign. 1843, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 Despite his awkwardness and digital illiteracy, or perhaps because of it, Saied has been catapulted to power by a youth movement fuelled by an anarchic grassroots social-media campaign. The Economist, "Tunisia’s new president: how memes and viral videos led to a “Robocop” revolution," 18 Oct. 2019 But the anarchic spin-off marks Harley’s liberation from more than just her crazed-clown beau. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn fantabulously emancipates herself in Birds of Prey trailer," 1 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of anarchic

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of anarchic was in 1597

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24 Jan 2020

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“Anarchic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anarchic. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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anarchic

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of anarchic

: not following or having any laws or rules : wild and uncontrolled

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