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[uh-non-uh-muh s]
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  1. without any name acknowledged, as that of author, contributor, or the like: an anonymous letter to the editor; an anonymous donation.
  2. of unknown name; whose name is withheld: an anonymous author.
  3. lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction: an endless row of drab, anonymous houses.
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Origin of anonymous

1595–1605; < Latin anōnymus < Greek anṓnymos, equivalent to an- an-1 + -ōnym(a) (variant of ónyma) -onym (earlier (a)n- with vowel lengthening; cf. anopheles) + -os adj. suffix; see -ous
Related formsa·non·y·mous·ness, nouna·non·y·mous·ly, adverbnon·a·non·y·mous·ness, noun
Can be confusedanomalous anonymous euonymus unanimousanonymous pseudonymous
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Related Words for anonymousness

invisibility, anonymousness

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Historical Examples of anonymousness

  • I find a resistance which I did not expect to the anonymousness of the publication.

    Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)

    Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  • This train of thought terminated at last in various considerations upon the subject of anonymousness in authorship.

  • We may become wise enough and well-managed enough to do without this anonymousness: we may not.

    Friends in Council

    Arthur Helps

British Dictionary definitions for anonymousness


  1. from or by a person, author, etc, whose name is unknown or withheldan anonymous letter
  2. having no known name
  3. lacking individual characteristics; unexceptional
  4. (often capital) denoting an organization which provides help to applicants who remain anonymousAlcoholics Anonymous
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Derived Formsanonymity (ˌænəˈnɪmɪtɪ), nounanonymously, adverbanonymousness, noun

Word Origin for anonymous

C17: via Late Latin from Greek anōnumos, from an- + onoma name
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Word Origin and History for anonymousness



c.1600, from Late Latin anonymus, from Greek anonymos "without a name," from an- "without" (see an- (1)) + onyma, Æolic dialectal form of onoma "name" (see name (n.)).

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