anonymity

noun
an·​o·​nym·​i·​ty | \ˌa-nə-ˈni-mə-tē \
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. John Leicester, The Seattle Times, "French police close probe into Interpol disappearance," 14 Nov. 2018 That staff member, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional repercussions, confirmed this incident with The Verge. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 Mutreb's identity was confirmed by Turkish officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished," 18 Oct. 2018 The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. CBS News, "Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings," 13 July 2018 Under the terms of the agreement, Russia will deploy military police to maintain order in Daraa and facilitate the transition back to government rule, said a media activist inside who asked for anonymity out of concern for his safety. Philip Issa, Fox News, "Syrian rebels agree to give up Daraa, cradle of 2011 revolt," 13 July 2018 Under the terms of the agreement, Russia will deploy military police to maintain order in Daraa and facilitate the transition back to government rule, said a media activist inside who asked for anonymity out of concern for his safety. Washington Post, "Syrian government raises its flag over cradle of 2011 revolt," 12 July 2018 Many other residents cited safety concerns when airing grievances and asked for anonymity. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018 Tweets and emails are instant and allow for anonymity. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018

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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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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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