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.

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Trusts are allowed in at least two other states besides New Hampshire, while a policy from South Carolina’s lottery board allows anonymity. Bob Christie, The Seattle Times, "Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners," 13 Apr. 2019 Keep in mind, too, that a VPN doesn’t grant you total anonymity, as all of your web browsing flows through Opera’s servers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera 60 debuts with a free, faster VPN, and Netflix hasn't blocked it yet," 10 Apr. 2019 And Ramos used digital currencies, including Bitcoin, to facilitate financial transactions for Phantom Secure to protect users’ anonymity and launder proceeds from Phantom Secure. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "CEO who sold phones with “totally unbreakable encryption” takes plea deal," 3 Oct. 2018 Shiffrin competes mostly in Europe during the ski season and enjoys relative anonymity back in the U.S. Melissa Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Mikaela in Manhattan: Shiffrin scripts marvelous ski season," 24 Mar. 2019 Still, pull at the threads and this picture of quiet anonymity begins to unravel. Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 As always, however, look for backs to explode out of relative anonymity. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The best running backs in college football for 2018," 4 July 2018 Though reticent to talk to us, our insider agreed to chat on the grounds of strict anonymity. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "Can Tesla Keep Up the Model 3 Pace?," 2 July 2018 In the meantime, Town & Country compiled a list of frontrunners, with exclusive intel from several current and former magazine staffers (who all requested anonymity). Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Will Replace Adam Moss at New York Magazine?," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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