or an·o·my

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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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for anomic

outsider, hermit, solitary, introvert, anomic

British Dictionary definitions for anomic



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

Word Origin for anomie

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

1950, from French anomique (Durkheim, 1897); see anomie.



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

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anomic in Medicine


[ə-nŏmĭk, ə-nōmĭk]
  1. Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized.
  1. A socially unstable, alienated person.
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