As an adjective, what is the adjectival use case for "anarchist" vs. "anarchistic"? E.g., in

The cynic Diogenes of Sinope and Crates of Thebes are both supposed to have advocated [for anarchist/anarchistic] forms of society, although little remains of their writings.

and also used in the construction "display anarchistic tendencies/traits."

Is there any reason to use one versus the other?

  • "Anarchist" is a noun, not an adjective, and in "an anarchist plot" it is a noun adjunct. Dec 16, 2019 at 17:31
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    MW lists both as adjectives
    – Wolf
    Dec 16, 2019 at 17:50
  • As it happens, so does Lexico. Dec 16, 2019 at 17:55
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    I don't think there is a consistent use-case differentiating the two, save (maybe) whether the user needs to differentiate between something for an anarchist and something with anarchistic qualities. Dec 16, 2019 at 18:12


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