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.
Lack of purpose, identity, or ethical values in a person or in a society; rootlessness.
Origin of anomie
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French anomie, from Ancient Greek ἀνομία (anomia, “lawlessness”), from ἄνομος (anomos, “lawless”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + νόμος (nomos, “law”)