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nonconformist Syllabification: non·con·form·ist
Pronunciation: /ˌnänkənˈfôrməst/

Definition of nonconformist in English:


1A person whose behavior or views do not conform to prevailing ideas or practices.
Example sentences
  • This view prevailed among nonconformists, of course, not least among them Cartwright himself and Richard Baxter a century later.
  • They can be described as visionaries, revolutionaries, radicals, liberals, nonconformists, outsiders, insurgents, prophets, pathfinders.
  • Current or former teenage girls are strongly advised to see Ghost World at their earliest convenience, particularly if they're current or former misfits and/or nonconformists.
dissenter, dissentient, protester, rebel, renegade, schismatic;
freethinker, apostate, heretic;
individualist, free spirit, maverick, eccentric, original, deviant, misfit, dropout, outsider, Bohemian
informal bad boy
2 (Nonconformist) A member of a Protestant church in England that dissents from the established Anglican Church.
Example sentences
  • The Church people and Nonconformists willingly joined together for this good cause, and made the undertaking very successful.
  • Born into a dissenting family of Nonconformists, a precursor to the Christian socialist tradition, Blake railed against the powers of both Church and Crown.
  • And that of course, resulted in the development of what they used to call the Dissenters, or Nonconformists.


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1Of or characterized by behavior or views that do not conform to prevailing ideas or practices.
Example sentences
  • Priestley's nonconformist views and his support for the French Revolution brought him into conflict with the Government and many people, including George III, believed he was an atheist.
  • The advent of universal voting rights was preceded by a great deal of fretting on the part of liberal thinkers about whether an enfranchised majority would crush civil liberties or suppress nonconformist behaviour.
  • We speculate that these subcultural forces involve the participant in a social system that devalues nonconformist beliefs and unconventional attitudes and behaviors frequently associated with adolescent smokers.
2 (Nonconformist) Of or relating to Nonconformists or their principles and practices.
Example sentences
  • Dr Masters said that these principles were at one time taken for granted by Nonconformist preachers.
  • They were British and they were Nonconformist.
  • It stands in marked contrast to what (both in the Anglican and Nonconformist traditions) has prevailed from the Reformation onwards.



Pronunciation: /ˌnänk(ə)nˈfôrˌmizəm/
Example sentences
  • People show off in many ways besides clothing of course; wit, altruism, aggressiveness, conspicuous consumption, righteousness, savvy, nonconformism, unconventional ideas, and e-zine articles to name a few.
  • Their nonconformism has consigned them to the fringes.
  • The verbal nonconformism of this poetry reflects its troubled, personalized content.

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