con·​form·​ist | \ kən-ˈfȯr-mist How to pronounce conformist (audio) \
plural conformists

Definition of conformist

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: one who conforms : a person who behaves in accordance with prevailing standards or customs and typically dislikes or avoids unconventional behavior I'm running with the herd and swimming with the tide and being a good little conformist.— Florence King If most people you know are following a certain course, you may want to do the same—not because you are a conformist, but because so many people are unlikely to be wrong.— Cass R. Sunstein … the problem that many big-media journalists are now cautious, well-paid conformists distant from their audiences …— James Poniewozik



Definition of conformist (Entry 2 of 2)

: following or seeking to enforce prevailing standards or customs : opposing or avoiding unconventional thinking and behavior The Franks were pious, conformist, and warlike; the Occitans, fun-loving and free-thinking.— Joan Acocella … offering two visions of a future based on choosing a less conformist society.— Tracie Richardson In eight essays, some previously published … Harper argues that conformist demands for so-called proper gender identities for the race have limited cultural images and life itself.— Thomas Davis The original Beats rebelled against a postwar society they saw as staid, conformist and commercial.— Jeff Giles and Michael Rubiner

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1651, in the meaning defined above


1677, in the meaning defined above

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“Conformist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conformist

often disapproving : a person who behaves in a way that is considered acceptable by most people and who avoids doing things that could be considered different or unusual : a person who conforms

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