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.

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The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement, which includes a club option for 2022, is subject to a successful physical. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal," 11 Dec. 2018 Nearly 1,000 employees have signed one of the two letters, including their name and job title with no gesture toward anonymity. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "How Googlers organized against the company’s China plans," 30 Nov. 2018 The point is granting users some cherished anonymity: Google claims that browsing activity won't be stored on company servers, and your traffic won't be tied to your Google account. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google's Project Fi Now Comes with a VPN," 13 Nov. 2018 Finally, the anonymity that catalog sales offered was a powerful corrective to the abuses of the Jim Crow era. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How Sears Kit Homes changed housing," 16 Oct. 2018 Some mentioned the anonymity—how typing to strangers online is sometimes easier than conversing with friends in person. Natalie Lampert, Marie Claire, "Why Women Reeling From Miscarriage Are Turning to the Web," 1 Oct. 2018 Ferrante will contribute to the script via email, likely in an attempt to protect her legendary anonymity. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "My Brilliant Friend," 20 Sep. 2018 And while increasingly difficult to articulate, Key West’s brand of camp reflects Wolkowsky’s understanding — never on the nose, always sideways, a place where anonymity feels like an innate right. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Town That Camp Built," 12 July 2018 The agency urges setting up a system for tips to be reported, such as an online form that ensures anonymity. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Schools should set up 'threat teams' to prevent massacres, Secret Service says," 12 July 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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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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