Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) lack of moral standards in a society
  2. (noun, state) personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation

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Synonyms of Anomy


Alternate forms of Anomy

Derivations: anomic

Hypernyms: immorality, isolation

Origin of the word Anomy

  1. 1590s, Anglicized earlier borrowing of Fr. anomie (q.v.); from Gk. anomia, noun of quality from anomos "lawless." more

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