anonymous

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Borrowed into English around 1600 from Late Latin anonymus, from Ancient Greek ἀνώνυμος (anṓnumos, without name), from ἀν- (an-, without) + ὄνυμα (ónuma), Aeolic dialectal form of ὄνομα (ónoma, name).

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anonymous (comparative more anonymous, superlative most anonymous)

  1. (not comparable) Lacking a name; not named and determined, as an animal not assigned to any species.
  2. (not comparable) Without any name acknowledged of a person responsible, as that of author, contributor, or the like.
    an anonymous pamphlet; an anonymous subscription.
  3. (not comparable) Of unknown name; whose name is withheld
    an anonymous author; an anonymous benefactor.
    No customer personal data will be retained unless it is rendered anonymous.
  4. (comparable, figuratively) Lacking individuality.
    an anonymous office block in a soulless industrial estate

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