Definition of nonconformist in English:


Line breaks: non|con¦form|ist
Pronunciation: /nɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst


  • 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.


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  • 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.



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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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