Vocabulary: anomie

Title: The Children of Men
Author: PD James
Sentence: The mass emigrations, the great internal tumults, the religious and tribal wars of the 1990s have given way to a universal anomie which leaves crops unsown and unharvested, animals neglected, starvation, civil war, the grabbing from the weak by the strong.
Page: 98

Word: anomie
  • social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values;
  • personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals.
  • Etymology: French anomie, from Middle French, from Greek anomia lawlessness, from anomos lawless, from a- + nomos law.
   Source: Merriam-Webster Online

This is the 3rd word in less than 100 pages I have had to look up. I am not sure how much is due to the difference between American English and English English or how much is just due to the authors style.

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