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anomie

noun an·o·mie \ˈa-nə-mē\

Definition of anomie

  1. :  social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; also :  personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals

ano·micplay play \ə-ˈnä-mik, -ˈnō-\ adjective


Variants of anomie

also an·o·my play \ˈa-nə-mē\

Origin of anomie

French anomie, from Middle French, from Greek anomia lawlessness, from anomos lawless, from a- + nomos law, from nemein to distribute — more at nimble


First Known Use: 1933


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anomie

noun an·o·mie

Medical Definition of anomie

  1. :  social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; also :  personal unrest, alienation, and anxiety that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals



Variants of anomie

also an·o·my \ˈan-ə-mē\play

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