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anomie

or an·o·my

[an-uh-mee]
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.
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Origin of anomie

1930–35; < French < Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy
Related formsa·nom·ic [uh-nom-ik] /əˈnɒm ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for anomie

anomie

anomy

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

Word Origin

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

n.

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

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