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Definition a state where the identity of someone is unknown — for example, the name of an author or the name of a donor

or (more rarely): a lack of individuality or interesting features

More rarely, anonymity can also be used to indicate an impersonal environment where people generally don't know each other as in "He liked the anonymity of the big city."
  • She's one of those people who uses the anonymity of the Internet to say terrible things.
anonymity = unknown identity
  • I'm thrilled with the success, but miss my anonymity.
  • anonymity = being unknown
  • It was evident that they detested anonymity.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • He paused, defeated by the silence and the painted anonymity of the group guarding the entry.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • anonymity = unknown identities
  • ...if your informant tells the truth let him come here openly like a decent man. But if he hide in anonymity I must know why.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • anonymity = being unknown
  • "We all recognise," he added, with a bow, "the necessities which force the most famous of us to live sometimes in the shadow of anonymity."
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Kingdom of the Blind
  • But our jailers are generally granted near-total anonymity, like the cartoon executioner who wears a hood to conceal his identity.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Please remember that we still have our anonymity to protect here, and keep your guard from hunting in this region.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I continued with the way of life which I had adopted, still hugging the aimlessness and the anonymity about me like a blanket.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • If I was that unrecognizable in my emaciated, hairy condition, I decided that I might as well maintain my anonymity.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • Even in the anonymity of the chad or I felt naked on the streets of Tehran as I walked back to the apartment.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Now suddenly she was Somebody, and as imprisoned in her difference as she had been in her anonymity.
    Tillie Olsen  --  I Stand Here Ironing
  • " On the same day, April 9, word reached the Winged Arrow that Ira's days of anonymity were over.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • It was an immaculate anonymity.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • The anonymity of tours, and the power of what drew the masses to them.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Of course she had written my name on her scroll, I knew that, yet hearing her say it aloud tore away a comforting pretense of anonymity.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • Despite her years of striving for anonymity, she had been transformed overnight into one of the most notorious and talked-about individuals in Sweden.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Still, she found some comfort in the anonymity that the burqa provided.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Another woman might feel the lure of anonymity.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He came out from the anonymity of the crowd and spoke to the people.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man

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