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 But this sloppy attempt to harness the anarchic improvisational energy of a Christopher Guest movie ends up more of an irritant, especially after the gentle charms of The King of Staten Island. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 The pavilion’s anarchic din feels as generous and resilient, in its way, as Leigh’s serene and silent sculptures in the U.S. Pavilion. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 In Allen’s convincingly reptilian performance, Mooney is an anarchic force, deliberately jangling everyone’s nerves with non sequiturs and contradictions that invite an effort to pin him down. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Acid is Steve Jobs-approved, and Burning Man — in the 1990s, an expression of anarchic freedom — has basically become a glamping retreat for corporate C.E.O.s. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Consider what happens when Soren introduces Master Chief to his anarchic asteroid community. Darren Franich,, 14 Mar. 2022 In private conversations with others, MBS has likened Saudi Arabia before the Saud family’s conquest in the 18th century to the anarchic wasteland of the Mad Max films. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 The final action was instead replaced with an English- and Chinese-language title card explaining that the anarchic plot was foiled by the authorities. Patrick Frater, Variety, 7 Feb. 2022 In this respect, Led Zeppelin was the opposite of punk, whose anarchic negation was premised on not being able to play one’s instrument well, or, in some cases, at all. James Wood, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of anarchic

circa 1656, 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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“Anarchic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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