an·​ar·​chic | \ a-ˈnär-kik How to pronounce anarchic (audio) , ə- \
variants: or less commonly anarchical \ a-​ˈnär-​ki-​kəl How to pronounce anarchic (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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anarchically \ a-​ˈnär-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anarchic (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 The show’s anarchic spirit is reflected in its graphic, borderline grotesque style of animation, which enables it to depict aspects of pubescent sexuality that might otherwise offend or disturb. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "“Big Mouth” Is Still Changing—For the Better," 21 Dec. 2020 In the end, Belushi should be remembered for performances that were timeless but captured the anarchic spirit of the 1970s, Cutler said. Stuart Miller, New York Times, "‘Belushi’ Finds the Sensitive Man Inside the Wild Persona," 19 Nov. 2020 But the productive disorder of pubic space isn’t simply anarchic. Washington Post, "Think of the debate as a public park. The president was polluting it.," 30 Sep. 2020 Marvel fans who enjoy the franchise’s violence and cronyism are encouraged by this adolescent rabble-rousing to accept election irregularities and ballot-harvesting and further encouraged toward irrational anarchic retaliation. Armond White, National Review, "America Assembled Epitomizes Hollywood Political Junk," 11 Nov. 2020 Despite Ehlinger’s otherworldly comeback effort, the Longhorns (2-2, 1-2 Big 12) again failed to keep that promise, falling to the Sooners (2-2, 1-2 Big 12) 53-45 in an anarchic quadruple-overtime battle that seesawed for almost five hours. Nick Moyle,, "Four-overtime thriller with Oklahoma leaves No. 22 Texas exhausted, disappointed," 10 Oct. 2020 His penchant for attacking individual citizens, including members of his administration, reveals the most anarchic feature of his character. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020 If in 2020, Borat can run screaming into the same room as Rudy Giuliani and come off as more sane and level-headed, then his anarchic personality may have finally reached its apex. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Borat Is the Perfect Avatar for 2020," 23 Oct. 2020 For Lindley, the appeal of explosives has become a kind of anarchic rule-abiding. Eric Dexheimer,, "Tiki-torch Molotov cocktails and a ‘Syrian Hell Cannon’: Ordnance Lab blows up the internet," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of anarchic

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for anarchic

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

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The first known use of anarchic was in 1597

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8 Jan 2021

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“Anarchic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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