Definition of nonconformity in English:


Line breaks: non|con¦form|ity
Pronunciation: /nɒnkənˈfɔːmɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1 (Nonconformity) Nonconformists as a body, especially Protestants dissenting from the Anglican Church.
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    • 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.
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    • 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 becoming ‘model citizens’ language difficulty will be seen in terms of nonconformity to standard ways
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    • 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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