anomy


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
n.

“lawlessness,” 1590s, anglicized from French anomie; from Greek anomia “lawlessness,” noun of quality from anomos “without law, lawless,” from a-, privative prefix, “without” (see an- (1)) + nomos “law” (see numismatics).

n.

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

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