an·ar·chic | \a-ˈnär-kik, ə-\
variants: or less commonly anarchical \-ki-kəl \

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 \-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for anarchic


disorderly, lawbreaking, lawless, unruly


law-abiding, orderly

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Examples of anarchic in a Sentence

the citywide blackouts caused anarchic looting and rioting

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Virginia, which began the season unranked in the Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Virginia Tops N.C.A.A. Bracket in a Season Marked by Scandal," 11 Mar. 2018 But Posner’s whimsical, anarchic, eerily hypnotic works are otherwise unique in their style, sensibility, and goofy humor. Peter Keough,, "Village theatricals; film and fashion; Posner on parade," 5 Apr. 2018 Detroit twirls a sign on the street to finance her radical artwork and dabbles in secret anarchic anti-corporate activism. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ skewers corporate and cultural corruption," 12 July 2018 Still, their words, backed by often-daunting imagery and disturbing historical perspective (oh, those Belgians!), provide a haunting window into a deeply anarchic world too-rarely glimpsed. Gary Goldstein,, "Documentary 'This Is Congo' views war-torn African nation through four lives," 28 June 2018 How did Twitter become the world’s most anarchic social media platform? Felix Salmon, WIRED, "Elon Musk and the Unnerving Influence of Twitter's Power Users," 5 June 2018 There’s a reason these playoffs are so anarchic in a way that directly benefited the Knights: the format. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "How the Expansion Vegas Golden Knights Reached the Stanley Cup Finals," 24 May 2018 Mercury retrograde’s reputation for sowing chaos and frustration in our communication and messing up technology can give the impression that all retrograde periods are times of unfettered, anarchic destruction. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "How Much Will Mars Retrograde Ruin My Life?," 26 June 2018 Any tendency toward order is contradicted by big-bang disruptions, anarchic social media and Donald Trump, whose life is a masterpiece of spots and jumps. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of anarchic

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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