from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
- n. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values, or ideals: "We must now brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie and rage” ( Charles Krauthammer).
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- n. Alienation or social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
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- n. personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation
- n. lack of moral standards in a society
French, from Greek anomiā, lawlessness, from anomos, lawless : a-, without; see a-1 + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French anomie, from Ancient Greek ἀνομία (anomia, "lawlessness"), from ἄνομος (anomos, "lawless"), from ἀ- (a-, "not") + νόμος (nomos, "law") (Wiktionary)