anomie

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noun an·o·mie \ˈa-nə-mē\
variants: or less commonly

anomy

Definition of anomie

  1. :  social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values <The reforms of a ruined economy, under these conditions, brought about social anomie, desperation and poverty rather than relief and prosperity. — T. Mastnak>; also :  personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals <In the face of these prevailing values, many workers experience a kind of anomie. Their jobs become empty, meaningless, and intrinsically unsatisfying. — Robert Straus>

anomic

play play \ə-ˈnä-mik, -ˈnō-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of anomie

French anomie, from Medieval 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
variants: also

anomy

\ˈan-ə-mē\play

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


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