Lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group: the theory that high-rise architecture leads to anomie in the residents
More example sentences
- In the latter half of her article, Ms Toynbee turns to social anomie among her neighbours in her block of flats.
- Complaints of attendant social breakdown, of anomie and alienation, of the dissolution of marriage and households, of the decline of religion, were commonly - and perhaps too glibly - voiced.
- This sample has been used to test the relevance of diverse factors related to economic strain and anomie on individuals' religious affiliation preferences.
- Example sentences
- Yes, this is a Herculean task given that following independence and the growing exposure of the Namibian economy to global competition, the country drifted into a somewhat anomic situation, which could not be remedied yet.
- But when they are compared with their U.S. peers, they seem both pretty conservative and pretty liberal as opposed to anomic, alienated, violent, and excluded.
- I know it's a fashion thing and as a sociologist I could go on all day about anomic youth and the intrinsic power of youth sub cultures, inclusion, exclusion and the influence and glamour of rap music but that's boring.
1930s: from French, from Greek anomia, from anomos 'lawless'.
Definition of anomie in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.