an·​o·​nym·​i·​ty ˌa-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce anonymity (audio)
plural anonymities
: the quality or state of being anonymous
enjoyed the anonymity of life in a large city
: 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 American officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the findings, say there is little doubt that Chinese fighter pilots appear to be getting better. Helene Cooper, New York Times, 5 June 2024 One roadblock to overcome during the first phase would involve the two sides agreeing on the ratio of hostages to prisoners to be released during the next phase, according to a senior Biden administration official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity. Aamer Madhani, Chris Megerian, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2024 The movie’s silence is so loaded with the anxiety, obstinance, inchoate anger and desire for anonymity of the traumatized teenage sportswoman that the constant thwack of her racquet hitting the ball cuts through the tension like violent shocks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 May 2024 The soldier requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, 19 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for anonymity 

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Word History


anonym(ous) + -ity

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of anonymity was in 1820

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“Anonymity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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an·​o·​nym·​i·​ty ˌan-ə-ˈnim-ət-ē How to pronounce anonymity (audio)
plural anonymities
: the quality or state of being anonymous

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