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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 anomic

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 anomic
adj.

1950, from French anomique (Durkheim, 1897); see anomie.

anomie

n.

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

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anomic in Medicine

anomic a·no·mic (ə-nŏm'ĭk, ə-nō'mĭk)
adj.
Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized. n.
A socially unstable, alienated person.

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