Definition of nonconformity in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒnkənˈfɔːmɪti/


[mass noun]
1 (Nonconformity) Nonconformists as a body, especially Protestants dissenting from the Anglican Church.
Example sentences
  • Through his Keswick ministry, he was keen to bridge something of the gulf between Anglicanism and Nonconformity.
  • It was particularly manifested in Nonconformity in England (that is, groups such as Unitarians and Quakers), and in the ‘Moderate’ party in the Church of Scotland.
  • The key representatives of English Nonconformity offered various understandings of the ‘verbal inspiration’ of the Bible, but most stopped short of claiming absolute textual inerrancy.
1.1The principles or practice of Nonconformists, especially Protestant dissent.
Example sentences
  • He was heir to a tradition that stretched back through Spurgeon to the puritan forefathers of nonconformity.
  • He earned his doctorate from the New Orleans Baptist Seminary in Louisiana for studies in nonconformity, particularly focusing on Roger Williams.
  • Mansbridge was an activist in the Battersea Co-operative Society, but abandoned his nonconformity for the local Anglican church, soon making contact with the clerical hierarchy at Westminster Abbey.
2Failure or refusal to conform to a prevailing rule or practice: youngsters are rejecting rebellion and nonconformity in favour of becomingmodel citizens’ language difficulty will be seen in terms of nonconformity to standard ways
More example sentences
  • As the author herself states, this book is decidedly not a study in nonconformity or rebellion.
  • It may be that effeminate boys or boys exhibiting gender role nonconformity are more likely to be pursued by older men.
  • Despite his talk about nonconformity, the author is decidedly conformist.
2.1Lack of similarity in form or type.

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