anon·​y·​mous·​ly ə-ˈnä-nə-məs-lē How to pronounce anonymously (audio)
: in an anonymous manner : without identification of the source
They made the donation anonymously.
The problem, of course, is that so much of online commenting is done anonymously, making it easier for keyboard poltroons to write whatever they want without the accountability—without the shame.Daniel Ruth
Holocaust denial material can frequently be found on computer bulletin boards, which are used by white-power and neo-Nazi groups to schedule meetings and disseminate information anonymously.Michiko Kakutani
A few scrupulous tax lawyers have anonymously leaked details of shelter schemes to the IRS.Franklin Foer

Examples of anonymously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At home, Israel’s leaders have been hoping to portray the military’s control of the hospital as a symbolic victory to the Israeli public, according to an official who spoke anonymously to discuss a sensitive matter. Iyad Abuheweila, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Anyone with information about the case was asked call detectives at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (888) 580-8477. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 The samples are all collected anonymously, and they are deidentified. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 7 Nov. 2023 Votes then were counted anonymously by a faculty member and a staff member, according to Sawoski, whose account was corroborated by a student involved in the production who asked not to be named out of fear of reprisal. Ashley Lee, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or by using the website Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2023 Tips can also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling (888) 580-8477 or by visiting Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 The servicemember, who asked to speak anonymously due to the sensitivity of the situation, did not recall Card showing any kind of violent behavior. John Miller, CNN, 26 Oct. 2023 Tips can also be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


anonymous + -ly entry 2

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anonymously was in 1699

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“Anonymously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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