anomie

noun
an·​o·​mie | \ ˈa-nə-mē How to pronounce anomie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly anomy

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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Other Words from anomie

anomic \ ə-​ˈnä-​mik How to pronounce anomie (audio) , -​ˈnō-​ How to pronounce anomie (audio) \ adjective

Examples of anomie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But when introduced during currency crises in countries that suffer from weak institutions and endemic anomie, such systems have a poor record. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 24 Sep. 2021 But when introduced in the midst of currency crises and in countries that suffer from weak institutions and endemic anomie, such systems have a poor record. Jacques De Larosière And Steve H. Hanke, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 Writers, working in a vein that grew from American anomie, steadily chronicled the misfortunes of a population of women and men now genuinely adrift. Vivian Gornick, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 Pottersville, not Bailey Park, resembles the modern anomie that Deneen decries. Jack Butler, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 The future that these years of atrophy and anomie and enmity teased at arrived all at once. David Roth, The New Republic, 11 June 2020 Rob Corddry and Alicia Silverstone play Bob and Susan, a couple suffering from the anomie that afflicts adults whose income level used to afford them a lot more affluence and status. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 The film turns on warring halves, a presumptive beta (Edward Norton) and his alpha twin (Pitt), who confront consumerism, postmodern anomie and that cult known as masculinity. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2020 First, the subjects of deepest dread (corruption, decay, pollution, anomie, weakness) are identified with the disease. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of anomie

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anomie

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

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15 Oct 2021

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“Anomie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anomie. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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anomie

noun
an·​o·​mie
variants: also anomy \ ˈan-​ə-​mē How to pronounce anomie (audio) \

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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