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."
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Example sentences
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.
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