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anonymous

[uh-non-uh-muh s] /əˈnɒn ə məs/
adjective
1.
without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like:
an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
2.
of unknown name; whose name is withheld:
an anonymous author.
3.
lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction:
an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.
Origin of anonymous
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin anōnymus < Greek anṓnymos, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōnym(a) (variant of ónyma) -onym (earlier (a)n- with vowel lengthening; cf. anopheles) + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
anonymousness, noun
anonymously, adverb
nonanonymousness, noun
Can be confused
anomalous, anonymous, euonymus, unanimous.
anonymous, pseudonymous.
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  • And at last he put four sovereigns in an envelope and sent them to her anonymously by messenger.

    The Amazing Interlude Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The author of this letter has, at my request, authorized me to publish it anonymously.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • She consented finally to write fragments of her life, anonymously.

  • Besides, I can send back everything in the morning, anonymously, by parcel-post.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • The truth is they came in anonymously, and I thought they were more likely to be accepted if I said I had written them.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for anonymously

anonymous

/əˈnɒnɪməs/
adjective
1.
from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheld: an anonymous letter
2.
having no known name
3.
lacking individual characteristics; unexceptional
4.
(often capital) denoting an organization which provides help to applicants who remain anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous
Derived Forms
anonymity (ˌænəˈnɪmɪtɪ) noun
anonymously, adverb
anonymousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: via Late Latin from Greek anōnumos, from an- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for anonymously
adv.

1728, from anonymous + -ly (2).

anonymous

adj.

c.1600, from Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anonymos "without a name," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + onyma, Æolic dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).

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