anonymity

noun
an·​o·​nym·​i·​ty | \ ˌa-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce anonymity (audio) \
plural anonymities

Definition of anonymity

1 : the quality or state of being anonymous enjoyed the anonymity of life in a large city
2 : one that is anonymous a crowd of faceless anonymities

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Examples of anonymity in a Sentence

They are trying to protect their child's anonymity. She enjoyed the anonymity of life in a large city.

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An aide on the House Intelligence Committee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, said that is expected to take place later this week. Anchorage Daily News, "Tehran rules out talks with U.S. as Trump steps back from directly blaming Iran," 17 Sep. 2019 The person was not authorized to speak publicly and did so on condition of anonymity. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed some of President Trump’s tax returns.," 17 Sep. 2019 The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity. CBS News, "New York prosecutors subpoena Trump's tax returns - AP source," 17 Sep. 2019 Before the talks broke off, GM offered to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit that is slated to close next year, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. chicagotribune.com, "More than 49,000 auto workers go on strike after talks with General Motors break down," 16 Sep. 2019 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the diagnosis has not been announced. Brett Martel, Houston Chronicle, "Saints' Drew Brees has torn ligament in thumb," 16 Sep. 2019 The company pledged to build a new all-electric pickup truck at a factory in Detroit, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. SFChronicle.com, "Strike idles more than 50 GM factories and warehouses," 16 Sep. 2019 Both agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media. Fox News, "Russian nuclear-powered missile with ‘unlimited’ range to be ready by 2025: report," 14 Sep. 2019 But in a conference call with reporters, officials with U.S. Department of Justice who spoke on condition of anonymity said the hearings are not yet being opened to the media. John C Moritz Austin Bureau Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, "Tent courts set up in Texas for immigration hearings closed to media," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of anonymity

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anonymity

see anonymous

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The first known use of anonymity was in 1820

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anonymity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of anonymity

: the quality or state of being unknown to most people : the quality or state of being anonymous

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