2. (noun) A personal state of alienation, anxiety, and purposelessness caused by social instability and the loss of regulation.
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- Term popularized by Émile Durkheim (1858–1917) in Suicide (1897).
- Variant form:
- Also called:
- anomie theory
- A society experiencing anomie is (adjective) anomic.