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Anomy \An"o*my\, n. [Gr. ?. See Anomia.] Disregard or violation of law. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"lawlessness," 1590s, anglicized from French anomie; from Greek anomia "lawlessness," noun of quality from anomos "without law, lawless," from a-, privative prefix, "without" (see an- (1)) + nomos "law" (see numismatics).


n. (alternative spelling of anomie English)

  1. n. personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation [syn: anomie]

  2. lack of moral standards in a society [syn: anomie]

Usage examples of "anomy".

He had cast off his old nothing-name of Anomy and perfected his new one, for the dastardly deeds he was doing.

Rhythm cried, slapping Anomy as they all bolted for the nearest pie trees.

One more variation on Herbert's basic theme, the necessity for communication, The Santaroga Barrier has been praised by many college students who are overly aware of the invidious consequences of the lack of understanding: alienation, anomy, despair.