Definition of anarchic in English:



  • 1With no controlling rules or principles to give order.

    ‘an anarchic and bitter civil war’
    • ‘But beyond is an anarchic order in which regional powers and non-state actors complicate traditional notions of deterrence.’
    • ‘The subway became a symbol of anarchic ruin, ruled over by criminally undisciplined dark-skinned youths.’
    • ‘The very notion of a free market in legal services conjures up the image of anarchic gang warfare or rule by organized crime…’
    • ‘The guile with which opposition leaders have packaged, branded and represented the Cedar Revolution has been an anarchic tour de force.’
    • ‘Capitalism at the beginning of the 21st century is again creating such situations, with its anarchic globalisation of production and finance.’
    • ‘It is the drive for profit and the anarchic nature of capitalist development that creates concrete monstrosities on pristine sites of natural beauty.’
    • ‘Scholars often characterize international relations as the interaction of sovereign states in an anarchic world.’
    • ‘Realists portray the world as one that is dominated by states; it is anarchic, in the sense that states, being sovereign actors, recognize no higher authority.’
    • ‘Outside the cities, in the towns and villages, the situation is even more anarchic with local militia leaders and tribal chiefs battling for control.’
    • ‘They fail to pursue collaborative strategies because they expect the other members of the anarchic system to pursue competitive strategies.’
    • ‘While there is no question that his verbiage is infuriating at times, I think it's a mistake to see him as nothing but an anarchic, anti-rationalist nihilist.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is only by virtue of the irrational and anarchic nature of the profit system that such a development could take place.’
    • ‘It is true that I wouldn't advocate the rule of the anarchic mob any more than the Cat.’
    • ‘First, the international system is anarchic and based on the principle of self-help.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the alternative to a single superpower is not a multilateral utopia but the anarchic nightmare of a new Dark Age.’
    • ‘More fundamentally, the protracted power outage demonstrated the anarchic state of the electrical power system as a whole.’
    • ‘Of course, this anarchic competition among rival capitals could destroy us all, bosses included, in a nuclear catastrophe.’
    • ‘The wildly anarchic chaos created by the Marx Brothers at their best was a breath of fresh air, and their contempt for authority figures struck a chord with Milligan.’
    • ‘Venetian art is so supple, sensual, lavish with colour: and so anarchic with the rules of genre.’
    • ‘He is astonished by the stunted lives and anarchic behaviour of Londoners through history, never questioning why they are like this.’
    lawless, without law and order, unruly, in disorder, disordered, disorganized, chaotic, in turmoil, turbulent
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    1. 1.1 (of comedy or humour) uncontrolled by convention.
      ‘his anarchic wit’
      • ‘The most refreshing aspect of Beyond The Valley… is the morbidly anarchic and childish humour displayed in the lyrics.’
      • ‘It's best compared to the anarchic humour of some of Warner Brothers classics, which is saying something really.’
      • ‘Banned until 11 years after his death, Vigo's anarchic comedy about a boys' boarding school influenced Lindsay Anderson's If.’
      • ‘The anarchic sensibility of your early films seems to display that same enthusiasm.’
      • ‘The evening was rounded off with a screening of the anarchic comedy film The Bed Sitting Room.’
      • ‘Next week will see the launch of a major television and billboard advertising campaign that aims to tap into the same vein of gently anarchic humour that made the Wonka name.’
      • ‘He remained in character as the anarchic comedian - on and off set - throughout the film shoot.’
      • ‘Black it certainly is; funny it certainly is, but, in reality, it is more of a symposium of anarchic, iconoclastic humour than a comedy in the pure sense of the word.’
      • ‘That seemingly anarchic humour is thoroughly planned.’
      • ‘We feel free to laugh at his anarchic humour because we can feel we're laughing at fascism and the human stupidity that reinforces fascism.’
      • ‘The programme returns for a new series of anarchic musical comedy on Tuesday 22 March at 6.30 pm.’
      • ‘Howard Spencer-Mosley enjoys taking the mick with his alternative York guided tours and anarchic stand-up.’
      • ‘Clowns are, in a sense, anarchic, but they also have to be sensitive as to where they create anarchy and chaos.’
      • ‘The combination of lively songs and anarchic wit marked the Big Yin out for great things.’
      • ‘The anarchic comedy of these performers effectively tempers Baxter's tendency towards deferential sentimentalism.’
      • ‘They will traverse their heritage of anarchic comedy and be enriched in imagination and wit.’
      • ‘After some lean years, the spirit of indie US cinema is alive and kicking again and this may be the most anarchic romantic comedy since the heyday of screwball.’
      • ‘Ken Campbell's slapstick take on the nursery rhyme for Unicorn Theatre bears the old rogue's unmistakable signatures of anarchic humour and lurking menace.’