lack of purpose, identity, or ethical values in a person or in a society; rootlessness
Origin of anomieFrench from Classical Greek anomia, lawlessness from a-, without + nomos, law: see -nomy
- Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values.
- 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 )
Origin of anomieFrench from Greek anomiā lawlessness from anomos lawless a- without ; see a- 1. nomos law ; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
From French anomie, from Ancient Greek ἀνομία (anomia, “lawlessness”), from ἄνομος (anomos, “lawless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + νόμος (nomos, “law”)