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anonymity

[an-uh-nim-i-tee] /ˌæn əˈnɪm ɪ ti/
noun, plural anonymities.
1.
the state or quality of being anonymous.
2.
an anonymous person:
some fine poetry attributed to anonymities.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; anonym(ous) + -ity, or < French anonymité
Related forms
nonanonymity, noun
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Examples for anonymity
  • We cover up names or anything that's going to compromise a subject's anonymity.
  • The senior described the system only on the condition of anonymity.
  • The official wasn't authorized to speak about the inquiry and spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity.
  • As the article rightly points out, individuals will extract revenge gladly if anonymity can be assured.
  • The editors gave evidence of their sincerity by preserving the anonymity of articles, letting each stand on its merits.
  • Rather it is the desire to maintain some level of anonymity in a virtual world that seems to become less private every nanosecond.
  • E-mail is another area where privacy and anonymity can be important.
  • The Internet's current design virtually guarantees anonymity to its users.
  • And now, after spending much of his 20-plus year broadcasting career in anonymity, he's definitely on the map.
  • It was quite a change from the relative anonymity of growing up in a sleepy town like Norwalk.
Word Origin and History for anonymity
n.

1820; see anonym + -ity. In same sense anonymousness is recorded from 1802.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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