- 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.
- sociol lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
1950, from French anomique (Durkheim, 1897); see anomie.
“absence of accepted social values,” 1933, from Durkheim’s “Suicide” (1897); a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.
- Socially unstable, alienated, and disorganized.
- A socially unstable, alienated person.