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anomie (n.)Related entries & more
"absence of accepted social values," 1915, in reference to Durkheim, who gave the word its modern meaning in social theory in French; a reborrowing with French spelling of anomy.
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Creole French, "party," from zouker "engage in unrestrained social activity."
sitcom (n.)Related entries & more
by 1959, from the first elements of situation comedy, a phrase attested from 1953 of television shows, 1943 of radio programs; see situation.
Even Bing Crosby has succumbed to series TV and will appear in a sitcom as an electrical engineer who happens to break into song once a week. [Life magazine, Sept. 18, 1964]
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1828, "to render social," from social (adj.). Meaning "to be sociable, to mingle" is recorded from 1895. Meaning "to make socialistic" is from 1846. Related: Socialized; socializing. The phrasing in socialized medicine is by 1912.
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"anything that binds," in various senses, late Old English, from bind (v.). Meaning "tight or awkward situation" is from 1851.