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anomie

Pronunciation: an′ō-mē

Definition:

  1. Lawlessness; absence or weakening of social norms or values, with corresponding erosion of social cohesion.
  2. In psychiatry, absence or weakening of individual norms or values; characterized by anxiety, isolation, and personal disorientation.

[Fr., fr. G. anomia, lawlessness]

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