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anomie Line breaks: ano¦mie
Pronunciation: /ˈanəmi/
(also anomy)

Definition of anomie in English:


[mass noun]
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
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  • 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.


1930s: from French, from Greek anomia, from anomos 'lawless'.



Pronunciation: /əˈnɒmɪk/
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.

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