Definition of nonconformist in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst/


1 (Nonconformist) A member of a Protestant Church which dissents from the established Church of England: originally a Nonconformist, he was later converted to Anglo-Catholicism
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  • 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.
2A person who does not conform to prevailing ideas or practices in their behaviour or views: Jenkins was a nonconformist who disdained the rugby union coaching certificate she was a nonconformist, an individualist
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  • 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, freethinker, apostate, heretic, schismatic, recusant, seceder, individualist, free spirit, maverick, unorthodox person, eccentric, original, deviant, misfit, hippy, dropout, fish out of water, outsider
informal freak, oddball, odd fish, weirdo, weirdie, bad boy
North American informal screwball, kook
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle


1 (Nonconformist) Relating to Nonconformists or their principles and practices: teetotalism was a largely Nonconformist movement a Nonconformist minister
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  • 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.
2Characterized by behaviour or views that do not conform to prevailing ideas or practices: he was eccentric and nonconformist, as artists tend to be nonconformist directors like Scorsese
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  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪz(ə)m/
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  • 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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