an·​ar·​chic a-ˈnär-kik How to pronounce anarchic (audio)
variants or less commonly anarchical
: of, relating to, or advocating anarchy
: likely to bring about anarchy
anarchic violence
: lacking order, regularity, or definiteness
anarchic art forms
anarchically adverb

Examples of anarchic in a Sentence

the citywide blackouts caused anarchic looting and rioting
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Word History


probably borrowed from New Latin anarchicus, from Medieval Latin anarchia anarchy + Latin -icus -ic entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of anarchic was circa 1656

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“Anarchic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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an·​ar·​chic a-ˈnär-kik How to pronounce anarchic (audio)
: of or relating to anarchy
anarchically adverb

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