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

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 source spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2022 The people who described the order spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of any public announcement. Mike Balsamo, BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2022 One former employee in the operations department (who spoke to Fortune on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter) received no such instruction. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 24 May 2022 The official spoke under the condition of anonymity to discuss details about an investigation that remains formally open. CNN, 24 May 2022 The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not announced the acquisition. Stephen Whyno, Baltimore Sun, 23 May 2022 Mercenaries sleep in the barracks and run a logistical hub, according to the Western officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. Jon Swaine, Washington Post, 23 May 2022 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 21 May 2022 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Grant Peck, ajc, 21 May 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

27 May 2022

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“Anonymity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anonymity. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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