Definition of conformist in English:


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Pronunciation: /kənˈfɔːmɪst


  • 1A person who conforms to accepted behaviour or established practices: organizations where employees are loyal without being unthinking conformists
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    • The minivan's entire image problem is quite the opposite: that some people - a lot of people - see it as signifying that you're an unthinking conformist.
    • Those who are in revolt against society are conformists; they reject one form of conformity and accept another form of conformity.
    • If you look back on the 20th-century, I don't know who was worse: the fanatics or the conformists?
    conventionalist, traditionalist, orthodox person, conservative, bourgeois, (old) fogey, stickler, formalist, diehard, reactionary; crawler, truckler, kowtower, groveller, puppet, spaniel
    informal stick-in-the-mud, stuffed shirt, yes-man
  • 1.1British historical A person who conforms to the practices of the Church of England.
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    • However, English Protestant conformists had a further problem, for their Church, overseen by the sovereign and a clerical hierarchy, was open to the charge of not being sufficiently reformed.
    • Clashes between conformists and Puritans resulted in the suppression of the organized Presbyterian wing of Puritanism by 1591, but the impact of Puritans on the Church at a local level remained enormous.
    • He notes the struggle during Elizabeth's reign between committed Protestants and the majority of conformists, the latter often unsympathetic to Protestant doctrines if, indeed, they understood them.


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  • Conforming to accepted behaviour or established practices; conventional: the poet became more conformist in his later years
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    • Reciprocally, conformity theory predicts that spiritual experiences in turn reinforce conformist beliefs and practices.
    • We bought it Sunday afternoon; Sunday evening, we cooked a beef roast, because we're such conformist traditionalists.
    • I think there is more often than not a routine that takes place between improvisers that is more conformist and restrictive than they would ever imagine or admit to.



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  • It's one of those untransportable American plays that, in rejecting social conformism and political correctness, ends up celebrating anything dysfunctional.
  • Multiculturalism can be invoked by minority groups to attack the conformism and conservatism of the larger society, and to pressure it to accept the new realities of openness and pluralism.
  • Authentic existence is a breaking free from the conformism and conventions of the everyday that we are thrown into.

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