anarch

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anarch (plural anarchs)

  1. The author of anarchy; one who excites revolt.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II, lines 988 to 990.
      Thus Satan; and him thus the Anarch old / With falt'ring speech and visage incomposed / Answer'd.
    • 1830, George Gordon Byron, Thomas Moore (editor), poem fragment, Letters and Journals of Lord Byron: With Notices of His Life, Volume 1, page 302,
      One rank'd in some recording page / With the worst anarchs of the age, / Him wilt thou know — and, knowing, pause,
    • 1969, Henry Miller, The Books in My Life[1], page 82:
      Every genuine boy is a rebel and an anarch. If he were allowed to develop according to his own instincts, his own inclinations, society would undergo such a radical transformation as to make the adult revolutionary cower and cringe.
    • 1910, Elbert Hubbard, Fra Magazine: A Journal of Affirmation, January 1910 to June 1910, page One Hundred,
      As all the world knows, Emma Goldman is the chief anarch of her time.

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