a person who advocates or believes in or .
a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.
Contemporary Examples

The Turfers are freakish, passionate, half-baked, dignified, defiant, rude, anarchistic, but they are not Republicans.
The GOP Freak Show John Batchelor August 6, 2009

Historical Examples

It is impossible to present here all recognized anarchistic teachings, not to say all anarchistic teachings.
Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher

And mind, Mary can hear, too; so if it is too anarchistic she will come to the rescue.
Three Little Women’s Success Gabrielle E. Jackson

These anarchistic doctrines had a quaint absurdity on the lips of this mild, little New England woman.
One Woman’s Life Robert Herrick

And you will find some of them as anarchistic as you will find their men.
The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12) Robert G. Ingersoll

There were two seals on it; one was in anarchistic red and the other in Wall Street gold.
H. R. Edwin Lefevre

“Another of them anarchistic attempts,” growled one of the men.
The Hero of Panama F. S. Brereton

We have now gained the standpoint that permits us to view comprehensively the entire body of anarchistic teachings.
Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher

The anarchistic party was not slow to adopt the designation that was given to it.
Anarchism Paul Eltzbacher

What a pity that so lovely a girl must be corrupted by such wretched, unsocial, anarchistic notions.
The “Genius” Theodore Dreiser

a person who advocates the abolition of government and a social system based on voluntary cooperation
a person who causes disorder or upheaval

1845; see anarchy + -istic. Also cf. anarchic. Related: Anarchistically.

1670s; see anarchy + -ist. The word got a boost into modernity from the French Revolution.


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