anomie definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Classical Greek anomia, lawlessness ; from a-, without plush nomos, law: see -nomy
- anomic adjective
anomie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: French, from Greek anomiā, lawlessness, from anomos, lawless : a-, without; see a-1 + nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.
- a·nomˈic adjective