What does anomy mean?

anomy meaning in General Dictionary

Disregard or breach of legislation

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  • individual state of isolation and anxiety resulting from too little social control and legislation
  • decreased ethical standards in a society
  • Disregard or breach of legislation.

anomy meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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


anomy meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Disregard or violation of legislation.