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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: anonymus, from Greek, from an- 'without' + onyma 'name'

anonymous

adjective
     
a‧non‧y‧mous
1 unknown by name:
the anonymous author of a collection of poems
anonymous donor/benefactor
the anonymous donor of a large sum of money
According to one employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, the company engaged in illegal activities.
2 done, sent, or given by someone who does not want their name to be known:
an anonymous donation of $5,000
anonymous phone call/letter etc (=one that is often unpleasant or contains threats)
3 written uninteresting in features or qualities - used to show disapproval:
grey, anonymous housing estates
anonymously adverb

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