anomie

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.

Nearby words

  1. anomalous zeeman effect,
  2. anomaly,
  3. anomer,
  4. anomia,
  5. anomic,
  6. anomite,
  7. anomy,
  8. anon,
  9. anon.,
  10. anonychia

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

/ (ˈænəʊmɪ) /

noun

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 anomie

anomie

n.

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

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