anomic


noun Sociology.

  1. a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values, as in the case of uprooted people.

noun

  1. sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
adj.

1950, from French anomique (Durkheim, 1897); see anomie.

n.

“absence of accepted social values,” 1933, from Durkheim’s “Suicide” (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.

adj.

  1. Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized.

n.

  1. A socially unstable, alienated person.

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