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[an-uh-mee] /ˈæn əˌmi/
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 of anomie
1930-35; < French < Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy
Related forms
[uh-nom-ik] /əˈnɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The breakdown of personal relationships has been a major cause of depression and anomie among boomers.
  • Add to all that a major dollop of alienation and anomie.
  • There's something deeply unconvincing about this fashionable anomie.
  • Americans, in other words, aren't exactly suffering from anomie.
  • The actors are often in the grip of stylized anomie.
  • They come before abstraction, atonality, anomie and the cult of difficulty.
  • Gardens street while her neighbors averted their eyes and failed to call the police, became a national symbol of urban anomie.
  • To my eye this, what ever it is, is a much more localized event and not some far off edge of space anomie.
British Dictionary definitions for anomie


(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

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

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