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an·o·mieor an·o·my (ăn′ə-mē)
1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
2. 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).
[French, from Greek anomiā, lawlessness, from anomos, lawless : a-, without; see a-1 + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]
a·nom′ic (ə-nŏm′ĭk, ə-nō′mĭk) adj.
anomie, anomy, anomia
a state or condition of individuals or society characterized by an absence or breakdown of social and legal norms and values, as in the case of an uprooted people. — anomic, adj.See also: Law
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|Noun||1.||anomy - personal state of isolation and anxiety resulting from a lack of social control and regulation|
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
|2.||anomy - lack of moral standards in a society|
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"