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anomie

or an·o·my

[an-uh-mee]
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noun Sociology.
  1. 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.

Origin of anomie

1930–35; < French < Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy
Related formsa·nom·ic [uh-nom-ik] /əˈnɒm ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • One may designate it as religious independence, or anomy, or individualism.

    The Non-religion of the Future: A Sociological Study

    Jean-Marie Guyau


British Dictionary definitions for anomy

anomie

anomy

noun
  1. sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
Derived Formsanomic (əˈnɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin

from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a- 1 + nomos law
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Word Origin and History for anomy

n.

"lawlessness," 1590s, anglicized from French anomie; from Greek anomia "lawlessness," noun of quality from anomos "without law, lawless," from a-, privative prefix, "without" (see an- (1)) + nomos "law" (see numismatics).

anomie

n.

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

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