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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ All their names, however, have been changed to preserve their anonymity.
▪ Mrs Albright requested anonymity, but when she became ambassador to the United Nations, she permitted her name to be published.
▪ Those who requested anonymity are starred, but almost nothing else about them is changed except a few identifying details.
▪ The administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that Clinton also is considering Nevada Gov.
▪ The administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Thursday that Clinton also is considering Nevada Gov.
▪ Two other officials in the Kinshasa government, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the arrests.
▪ Laws protect the anonymity of the rape victim.
▪ The telephone used to give callers anonymity.
▪ After years of anonymity following her victory in court, McCorvey began to champion the abortion rights movement in 1984.
▪ All their names, however, have been changed to preserve their anonymity.
▪ I see three important constituent elements of the digital realm becoming more evident every day: malleability, anonymity and connectivity.
▪ If at second glance you deem him a dud, you can slip back into anonymity and leave him to the barflies.
▪ Most employees labor in tiny cubicles within a culture that craves anonymity and silence.
▪ Specifically the Heilbron Report did not recommend similar anonymity for defendants in rape cases.
▪ Such is the brutality of war, and the anonymity on which it feeds.
▪ This account helped the inclusion of anonymity for the rape defendant as well.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Anonymity \An`o*nym"i*ty\, n. The quality or state of being anonymous; anonymousness; also, that which anonymous. [R.]

He rigorously insisted upon the rights of anonymity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The quality or state of being anonymous; anonymousness. 2 (context countable English) That which is anonymous.


n. the state of being anonymous [syn: namelessness]


Anonymity, adjective "anonymous", is derived from the Greek word ἀνωνυμία, anonymia, meaning "without a name" or "namelessness". In colloquial use, "anonymous" is used to describe situations where the acting person's name is unknown. Some writers have argued that namelessness, though technically correct, does not capture what is more centrally at stake in contexts of anonymity. The important idea here is that a person be non-identifiable, unreachable, or untrackable. Anonymity is seen as a technique, or a way of realizing, certain other values, such as privacy, or liberty.

An important example for anonymity being not only protected, but enforced by law is probably the vote in free elections. In many other situations (like conversation between strangers, buying some product or service in a shop), anonymity is traditionally accepted as natural. There are also various situations in which a person might choose to withhold their identity. Acts of charity have been performed anonymously when benefactors do not wish to be acknowledged. A person who feels threatened might attempt to mitigate that threat through anonymity. A witness to a crime might seek to avoid retribution, for example, by anonymously calling a crime tipline. Criminals might proceed anonymously to conceal their participation in a crime. Anonymity may also be created unintentionally, through the loss of identifying information due to the passage of time or a destructive event.

In certain situations, however, it may be illegal to remain anonymous. In the United States, 24 states have “stop and identify” statutes that requires persons detained to self-identify when requested by a law enforcement officer. In Germany, people have to indicate their names at the door of their homes.

The term "anonymous message" typically refers to a message that does not reveal its sender. In many countries, anonymous letters are protected by law and must be delivered as regular letters.

In mathematics, in reference to an arbitrary element (e.g., a human, an object, a computer), within a well-defined set (called the "anonymity set"), "anonymity" of that element refers to the property of that element of not being identifiable within this set. If it is not identifiable, then the element is said to be "anonymous."

Usage examples of "anonymity".

The greater anonymity for guests does seem to result in their misbehaving more often than members.

If anonymity does fuel the tendency to mouth off, then one preventative strategy would be to decrease anonymity.

The anonymity of cyberspace encourages people to act up, including some good people.

If anonymity increases deviant behavior, then one way to deal with that deviance would be to decrease anonymity.

Without the protective shield of anonymity, people can be held accountable for what they say and do.

The more you remove anonymity, the less comfortable people will feel in pursuing these experiments.

Most users come to Palace to make friends, some wizards have stated, so why not let peer pressure be the accountability system rather than the removal of anonymity by allowing access to e-mail addresses.

But the recent barrage of his name and photo by the media had suddenly made him protective of the anonymity he had grown accustomed to since returning to his home state of Washington.

He paused for a moment to consider what he could say to reassure Childs while preserving the anonymity of those involved.

As he listened to the staccato picking and arpeggiated runs of the song, Jury thought that anonymity was not that hard to come by.

I caught the early train from Paddington to Exeter, clicketing along the rails from reflected fame to anonymity.

There were nine of them, including Ywe Hao, and they spoke softly, leaning toward the lamp, their faces moving from darkness into light, features forming from the anonymity of shadow.

Omne ignotum pro magnifico, and during its month of anonymity the book was a frequent topic of appreciative comment in good literary circles.

He frowned down at the naked, jewelless fingers he extended to the scanty heat and clamped his jaw tightly together, hating the anonymity, the hiding, the secretiveness of sneaking into his own country in the guise of a pauper in order to see his friends and supporters.

The servant flinched as if he expected Kesk to reclaim his anonymity by butchering him on the spot.