Definition of anomie
: 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
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But Mizumura expands her tale into an ambitious portrait of middle-class anomie in a Japan still reckoning with its past and the paradoxes of its identity.
Andrew Upton’s adaptation of an early Anton Chekhov play about provincial anomie winds down its Broadway run.
The public realm, charged with the impossible task of catering to both, falls into neglect, mistrust and anomie.
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Medical Definition of anomie
: 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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