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conformist

noun con·form·ist \ kən-ˈfȯr-mist \

Definition of conformist

plural conformists
: 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

First Known Use of conformist

1651

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conformist

adjective

Definition of conformist

: 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

First Known Use of conformist

1677

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