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anonymity

[an-uh-nim-i-tee]
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noun, plural an·o·nym·i·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being anonymous.
  2. an anonymous person: some fine poetry attributed to anonymities.
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Origin of anonymity

1810–20; anonym(ous) + -ity, or < French anonymité
Related formsnon·an·o·nym·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The meanness of anonymity gave a shuddering obscenity to the moment.

  • The author, who preserves her anonymity, has been "over the top" in the fullest sense.

    Attack

    Edward G. D. Liveing

  • I'm only a plain man, and I want to know where the fun of anonymity comes in?

  • The time is very favorable for the disappearance of your anonymity.

    The Branding Iron

    Katharine Newlin Burt

  • He would cling to his anonymity to the bitter end, no matter what the cost.


Word Origin and History for anonymity

n.

1820; see anonym + -ity. In same sense anonymousness is recorded from 1802.

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