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anonym

[an-uh-nim]
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noun
  1. an assumed or false name.
  2. an anonymous person or publication.

Origin of anonym

1805–15; < French anonyme < Greek anṓnymos anonymous
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Examples from the Web for anonym

Historical Examples

  • The anonym had, like Scott, shirked, and had maintained his anonymity.

    Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860

    George Saintsbury

  • Referring to my remarks on the use of the word "anonym," I may point out that this is not the correct title of Barbier's work.

    How to Catalogue a Library

    Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley

  • An′onym, a person whose name is not given: a pseudonym; Anonym′ity, the quality or state of being anonymous.

  • You cannot express a negation such as this by a distinctive term like "anonym."

    How to Catalogue a Library

    Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley

  • Ein Beitrag zur Zeitgeschichte und zum neueren deutschen Staatsrechte, anonym.


British Dictionary definitions for anonym

anonym

noun
  1. a less common word for pseudonym
  2. an anonymous person or publication
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Word Origin and History for anonym

n.

1812, "nameless person," from French anonyme, from Latin anonymus, from Greek anonymos "without a name" (see anonymous). Meaning "fictitious name" is recorded from 1866.

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