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Borrowed into English around 1600 from Late Latin anonymus, from Ancient Greek ᾰ̓νώνῠμος ‎(anṓnumos, without name), from ᾰ̓ν- ‎(an-, un-) with ὄνῠμᾰ ‎(ónuma), Aeolic and Doric dialectal form of ὄνομᾰ ‎(ónoma, name).



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.
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, in the Guardian[1]:
      The shift in the balance of power online has allowed anyone to publish to the world, from dispirited teenagers in south London to an anonymous cyber-dissident in a Middle East autocracy.
    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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