Definition of anonymous in English:

anonymous

Line breaks: an¦onym|ous
Pronunciation: /əˈnɒnɪməs
 
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adjective

1(Of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name: the donor’s wish to remain anonymous an anonymous phone call
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  • One anonymous student raises the concern that women are overly sexualized in society.
  • Certainly the purpose of these tests is that they are anonymous and the identity of the riders does not come out in public.
  • People are not anonymous in cyberspace, as they construct identities that they use there.
Synonyms
1.1Having no outstanding, individual, or unusual features; unremarkable or impersonal: his impeccable, slightly anonymous Chelsea flat
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  • In the past both have been fitful performers, outstanding one day anonymous the next.
  • We are not mechanical pieces of a political machine, individuals in an anonymous society.
  • And the seven women in black were anonymous because their robes made them so.
Synonyms
characterless, unremarkable, nondescript, impersonal, faceless, colourless, grey

Origin

late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek anōnumos 'nameless' (from an- 'without' + onoma 'name') + -ous.

Derivatives

anonymously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Candidates are examined anonymously, with numbers rather than names or other identifying details on exam papers.
  • I hope that one day I can reach more of them and tell their stories, even if only anonymously.
  • Details of crimes can be left anonymously to alert the police.

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