- without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
- of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
- lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.
Origin of anonymous
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Examples from the Web for anonymous
If only Sulzberger had managed to keep a zipped upper lip while leaving the dirty work to anonymous underlings.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
I wanted to be anonymous, as some of these people were friends of mine.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Liar "I sometimes wish I could be anonymous and just walk down the street like everybody else."The Beyoncé Manifesto: Quotes on Nihilism and Feminism
December 12, 2014
And an anonymous junior in a fraternity at Emory University feels similarly.Fraternities in a Post-UVA World
December 12, 2014
The return of Stephen Glass, the truth about Anonymous and escaping Jonestown.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Nov 10-16, 2014
November 16, 2014
Except Virgil and this anonymous rhymer, I can recall no verse about cheese.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
I received an anonymous letter, in a hand-writing I did not recognize.Wilfrid Cumbermede
More than probably Lyttleton had been the other anonymous informant.
The two had something written on them--anonymous information, so to speak.
It is not certain now that the anonymous beginning had been a good thing.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheldan anonymous letter
- having no known name
- lacking individual characteristics; unexceptional
- (often capital) denoting an organization which provides help to applicants who remain anonymousAlcoholics Anonymous
C17: via Late Latin from Greek anōnumos, from an- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for anonymous
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