Origin of anonymous
OTHER WORDS FROM anonymousa·non·y·mous·ness, nouna·non·y·mous·ly, adverbnon·a·non·y·mous·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH anonymous1. anomalous, anonymous , euonymus, unanimous2. anonymous , pseudonymous
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What does anonymous mean?
Anonymous means that a person’s name or identity has not been revealed or given or has been withheld, as in an anonymous donor or an anonymous tip or Survey respondents will remain anonymous.
Example: My source insists on remaining anonymous—they fear they would be punished for providing information if they were to be identified.
There are many reasons why a person might want to be anonymous. A vote might be done anonymously to protect voters or to encourage them to give an honest vote even if it might be unpopular. Reporters will attribute information to anonymous sources to protect them from political or other retribution. Some people prefer to be anonymous online.
The noun anonymity refers to the state of being anonymous.
The word anonymous is prominently used in the name of the organization Alcoholics Anonymous, which encourages anonymity among its members.
Another well-known use of the word is in the name of the modern hacker collective that calls itself Anonymous. The group’s name refers to the fact that members’ identities are unknown both to the public and other members, who rarely use their real names.
Less commonly, anonymous can be used in situations in which no name is acknowledged, such as with the authorship of a book, as in The popular book was written by an anonymous author.
A more figurative sense of anonymous is used to describe something lacking any unique character, as in We live in some anonymous suburb.
Where does anonymous come from?
The first records of the word anonymous come from around 1595. It ultimately comes from Greek anṓnymos, which is equivalent of combining an-, meaning “without,” and -ōnym, meaning “name.” Anonymous basically means a name is missing or not being given.
Anonymous should not be confused with the somewhat similar-sounding unanimous, which describes complete agreement. Careful: in some cases, a vote can be both anonymous (using secret ballots without names, for example) and unanimous (meaning everyone voted in the same way). (Of course, in such a case, it would then be obvious how everyone voted.)
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What are some other forms related to anonymous?
- anonymously (adverb)
- anonymity (noun)
- anonymousness (noun)
- nonanonymousness (noun)
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How is anonymous used in real life?
Anonymous is commonly used in the context of news reports with unnamed sources. It’s also used in the context of voting and online activity.
Random reminder that an anonymous source is not anonymous to the reporter who got that information
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We've just received a very generous anonymous donation – whoever you are, thank you! 💛💙
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To whoever sent me flowers,thank you! They're gorgeous and a spot of color in an otherwise gloomy outlook. Please get in touch so I can can say thanks as the card was anonymous!
— Nirave 尼拉夫 (@nirave) June 26, 2020
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An anonymous author is an author whose name is unknown or has not been revealed.
How to use anonymous in a sentence
Although there may not be a Tom Brady of crypto due to the fact that the originator of Bitcoin is anonymous, everyone who talks about cryptocurrencies and digital assets helps validate the industry.Why 2020 might be the year cryptocurrency goes mainstream|jakemeth|August 24, 2020|Fortune
At the same time, it tightened internet censorship by banning anonymous users—a provision enforced by regular government inspections of data from internet service providers.Inside China’s unexpected quest to protect data privacy|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
This massive, mostly anonymous and pseudonymous group of internet culture cops is doing a large and likely growing share of the daily work of content-policing.The Anonymous Culture Cops of the Internet - Facts So Romantic|Jesse Singal|August 12, 2020|Nautilus
Moser said his client wanted to remain anonymous, so they tried to take advantage of a loophole — as far as they saw it — in state law that doesn’t require the disclosure of independent expenditures under $1,000.Telemarketer Says Another GOP Campaign Was Behind Phil Graham Robocalls|Jesse Marx|July 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
We are now building this element, and plan to have all of our users’ personal data stored on the blockchain and accessed only by them ensuring them with complete control over their data that’s also kept anonymous.Interview with Lior Davidovitch, the founder of PUBLC|Kamaljeet Kalsi|July 3, 2020|Search Engine Watch
But the Lizard Squad was able to get one thing done: Piss off Anonymous, the best known of the hacktivist collectives.
It almost makes you wonder if Lizard Squad did this just to annoy Anonymous and the other earnest champions of privacy.
If only Sulzberger had managed to keep a zipped upper lip while leaving the dirty work to anonymous underlings.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014|Lloyd Grove|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wanted to be anonymous, as some of these people were friends of mine.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Liar "I sometimes wish I could be anonymous and just walk down the street like everybody else."The Beyoncé Manifesto: Quotes on Nihilism and Feminism|Amy Zimmerman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reception was not encouraging, only one anonymous critic speaking warmly in praise of the music.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Suppose the doctor revealed the actual truth by means of some anonymous communication?The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
Excepting minor clarifications, all deal with Hills answer to the anonymous gentleman.Samuel Richardson's Introduction to Pamela|Samuel Richardson
Next an anonymous Irish Member fell over the bench on to Saunderson's knee, and was there incontinently but heartily pummelled.
It is to be observed that with the exception of Burgred's coins and a few anonymous pieces the silver was never adulterated.