Pronounced as: ah-neh-mee
Definition: (n) social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; also : personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals
Other Forms: Anomic (adj)
Surprisingly, this word has no known synonyms or antonyms. The closest synonym that comes to my mind is "anarchy." I read this in word in Joel Stein's March 29, 2012 article in the New York Times, entitled "Adults Should Read Adult Books." The article caused quite a stir among some of the YA authors when it came out. Personally, knowing Joel Stein as a satirist, my impression was that he just making fun of the surge in adult readers of YA or children-centered work as opposed to making a blanket statement about what adults should not be reading. I can see though, why it riled quite a few of the major YA authors out there.
Screaming to my right, hair-pulling to my left. A finger jabbed into an eye, a pencil into the ear.
Ah, anomie at its best.
Your turn: Show me in the comments how you might use this word in your own writing. As an added challenge, try your hand at a piece of hint fiction (a piece of fiction in 25 words our less that hints to something bigger).