anomie

or an·o·my

[ an-uh-mee ]

nounSociology.
  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

1
1930–35; <French <Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy

Other words from anomie

  • a·nom·ic [uh-nom-ik], /əˈnɒm ɪk/, adjective

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anomie

anomy

/ (ˈænəʊmɪ) /


noun
  1. sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society

Origin of anomie

1
from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a- 1 + nomos law

Derived forms of anomie

  • anomic (əˈnɒmɪk), adjective

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