or an·o·my

[ an-uh-mee ]
/ ˈæn əˌmi /

noun Sociology.

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 forms

a·nom·ic [uh-nom-ik] /əˈnɒm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anomic



/ (ˈænəʊmɪ) /


sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society

Derived Forms

anomic (əˈnɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for anomie

from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a- 1 + nomos law
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Medicine definitions for anomic


[ ə-nŏmĭk, ə-nōmĭk ]


Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized.


A socially unstable, alienated person.
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