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.
Recent Examples on the Web Homeland Security officials are investigating whether Russian intelligence was involved in any of the attacks, according to two department officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "‘Chaos Is the Point’: Russian Hackers and Trolls Grow Stealthier in 2020," 10 Jan. 2020 The prosecutors also formally asked Japanese authorities for their file on the charges against Ghosn in order to review the case, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters. Sarah El Deeb,, "Lebanon issues travel ban for fugitive ex-Nissan chief Ghosn," 9 Jan. 2020 The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, because the school has not yet officially announced the move. Mike Finger,, "As the coaching doors spin, retreads are all too familiar," 9 Jan. 2020 The officials, citing U.S. intelligence, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Dallas News, "It’s ‘highly likely’ Iranian missile took down Ukrainian jet, U.S. officials say," 9 Jan. 2020 The extent of damage to the bases was not immediately clear, but early-warning defense systems gave U.S. forces advance knowledge that missiles had been launched, according to a U.S. official speaking to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "U.S. knew Iranian missiles were coming ahead of strike; Trump announces new sanctions," 8 Jan. 2020 The person spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss an ongoing investigation. CBS News, "FBI asks Apple for phone data from suspected Florida naval base shooter," 8 Jan. 2020 The potential deal could bring the Pistons an expiring contract or contracts and a protected 2020 first-round pick, according to sources, who spoke to the Free Press on condition of anonymity. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond wants to stay: 'Never brought up to be a quitter'," 5 Jan. 2020 Defense officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a decision not yet announced by the Pentagon, said the troops are from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Fortune, "U.S. Sending 3,000 More Troops to Middle East After Killing of Iranian General," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2020

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“Anonymity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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