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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Synonyms & Antonyms for anonymity

Synonyms

facelessness, namelessness, nowhere, obscurity, silence

Antonyms

celebrity, fame, notoriety, renown

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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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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shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018 His invitation to speak was rescinded because of his offensive remark, according to a person with knowledge of the decision who asked for anonymity because the move wasn’t public. BostonGlobe.com, "Conservation Law Foundation sues over alleged water pollution at Devens," 20 June 2018 His invitation to speak was rescinded because of his offensive remark, according to a person with knowledge of the decision who asked for anonymity because the move wasn't public. Gillian Tan, chicagotribune.com, "Sam Zell removed as conference speaker after making vulgar remark about women," 19 June 2018 One employee, who asked for anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak on the health system's behalf, expressed surprise that the hospital's backup system had not taken over. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sutter Health cancels surgeries at Alta Bates amid wider outage," 15 May 2018 For anonymity, all names have been replaced with the names of the cast of Vanderpump Rules. Nicole Dellert, Allure, "Why I Held a Pre-Wedding Ceremony to Banish All My Exes' Dicks From My Life," 12 May 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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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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