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Sep 23, 2005
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with Anu Garg

anonym

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anonym (AN-uh-nim) noun

1. A false or assumed name.

2. An anonymous person or book.

[From French anonyme, from Latin anonymus, from Greek anonymos, from an- (not) + -onyma (name).]

See more usage examples of anonym in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"And at the head of those stairs he entered a zone of belonging-ness scarcely imaginable by the hustling anonyms in the mean streets outside."
Nelson W. Aldrich Jr.; Death of the Club Man; Seattle Times; Jul 17, 1988.

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