anomie

[an-uh-mee]
noun Sociology.
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:
1930–35; < French < Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy

anomic [uh-nom-ik] , adjective
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anomie or anomy (ˈænəʊmɪ)
 
n
sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
 
[from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a-1 + nomos law]
 
anomy or anomy
 
n
 
[from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a-1 + nomos law]
 
anomic or anomy
 
adj

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anomie
1590s, anomy, "disregard of law," from Gk. a-, privative prefix, "without" + nomos "law" (see numismatics). The modern use, with Fr. spelling (from Durkheim's "Suicide," 1897), is first attested in English 1933 and means "absence of accepted social values."

anomic
1950, from Fr. anomique (Durkheim, 1897); see anomie.
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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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Convention would have this a cold and anomic experience, but in this story it is beautiful.
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