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 three declined to provide details and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. John Wagner, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to provide details from the closed-door discussions. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 16 June 2022 The residents, who are farmers, spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Samy Magdy, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 The media companies are not contractually restricted from showing LIV, according to the people familiar with the deals, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private agreements. New York Times, 16 June 2022 That source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 The three declined to provide details and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. Jacqueline Alemany, Josh Dawsey And Emma Brown, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because McHale’s decision was not announced. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 14 June 2022 The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because McHale’s decision was not announced. Ronald Blum, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 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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The first known use of anonymity was in 1820

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20 Jun 2022

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“Anonymity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anonymity. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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