The definition of anonymity is the quality of being unknown.
An author who is not releasing his name is an example of maintaining of someone maintaining anonymity.
- The quality or state of being unknown or unacknowledged.
- One that is unknown or unacknowledged.
(countable and uncountable, plural anonymities)
From Ancient Greek ἀνωνυμία (anonymia) ("without a name" or "namelessness").
- The Net is a place of total anonymity, political anarchy in its purest incarnation.
- It also makes it easier to post things on the boards, both in terms of speed (faster to type WS than "that cheating lying bastard I married") and also keeping some anonymity and distance between the situation and talking about it.
- On the positive side, this anonymity means that a person's own information and personal details are kept safe, on the negative side it means that it is difficult to tell that people you meet online are who they say they are.
- While some shy children may benefit from using the anonymity and structural control features of cyberspace, the danger is that for many others virtual on-line reality may become a substitute for the reality of close human relationships.
- But in September 1799 under strong pressure from the Russian emperor Paul, the Danish government forbade anonymity, and introduced a limited censorship.