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See also: Anonymous
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”).
- (not comparable) Lacking a name; not named and determined, as an animal not assigned to any species.
- (not comparable) Without any name acknowledged of a person responsible, as that of author, contributor, or the like.
- an anonymous pamphlet; an anonymous subscription.
- (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?”, the Guardian:
- 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.
- (comparable, figuratively) Lacking individuality.
- an anonymous office block in a soulless industrial estate
- (lacking a name): nameless
- (without acknowledged responsible agent):
- (of unknown name): unidentified, unknown, unnamed
- (lacking individuality): faceless
- (without consideration of prestige or background): on the merits
terms related to anonymous (adjective)
wanting a name, not named and determined
without any name (of responsible agent) acknowledged
of unknown name; whose name is withheld
without consideration of prestige, title, rank or background
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