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

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 \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce anarchically (audio) \ 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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But Showtime's new series starring Daniel Baker/Desus Nice and Joel Martinez/The Kid Mero is faster, fresher, more anarchic — and about 100% less white. Randee Dawn,, "Showtime’s ‘Desus & Mero’: Bronx attitude on the topics of the day," 11 June 2019 The southern border remains anarchic and uncontrolled. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "On Painting Air Force One," 13 June 2019 The scene ends in an anarchic bacchanal for full ensemble, with bass tubas bellowing a portion of Lucifer’s theme. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 While the lunar landing bonds the community with wonder and awe, the anarchic music festival underlines the cultural shift and divide occurring at the same time., "World premiere musical ‘Walk on the Moon’ in S.F. mostly captures spirit of 1969," 16 June 2018 Does this suggest an anarchic youthful urge to transcend oppressive barriers or to reinforce them? Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Are Hate-Crime Laws Helping?," 22 Feb. 2019 But that’s not to say that rave—proper, unlicensed, anarchic, counterculture revelry—has withered and died. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 Certain life parallels pertain with the Swedish creator of that other favorite red-headed girl in children’s literature, the eccentric, anarchic, incorrigibly cheerful Pippi Longstocking. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Of Stories and Storytellers," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of anarchic

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

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a period when something is suspended

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