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anomie

[an-uh-mee] /ˈæn əˌmi/
noun, Sociology
1.
a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.
Also, anomy.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; < French < Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy
Related forms
anomic
[uh-nom-ik] /əˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anomie

anomie

/ˈænəʊmɪ/
noun
1.
(sociol) lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
Derived Forms
anomic (əˈnɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a-1 + nomos law
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Word Origin and History for anomie
n.

"absence of accepted social values," 1933, from Durkheim's "Suicide" (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.

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