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an•o•mie  (anə mē′),USA pronunciation n. [Sociol.]
  1. Sociologya 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.
Also,  ano•my.  a•nom•ic  (ə nomik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Greek anomía lawlessness. See a-6, -nomy
  • French
  • 1930–35;

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anomie, anomy /ˈænəʊmɪ/ n
  1. lack of social or moral standards in an individual or society
Etymology: from Greek anomia lawlessness, from a-1 + nomos law

anomic /əˈnɒmɪk/ adj

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