in·​di·​vid·​u·​al·​ist | \ ˌin-də-ˈvij-wə-list, -ˈvi-jə-wə- How to pronounce individualist (audio) , -ˈvi-jə-list \

Definition of individualist

1 : one that pursues a markedly independent course in thought or action
2 : one that advocates or practices individualism

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Other Words from individualist

individualist or individualistic \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​ˈli-​dtik , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ How to pronounce individualistic (audio) , -​ˌvi-​jə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective
individualistically \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ How to pronounce individualistically (audio) , -​ˌvi-​jə-​ˈli-​ \ adverb

Examples of individualist in a Sentence

The school encourages children to be individualists. an individualist who steadfastly refuses to do what everyone else is doing
Recent Examples on the Web But the authors also reported that denizens of the slopes scored lower for other traits, such as agreeableness and extraversion—in keeping with the stereotype of the laconic individualist that has often been portrayed in Westerns. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "Mountain Peaks Seem to Shape Personality Traits in the American West," 8 Sep. 2020 Today, Wright is best known as a pop icon, a flamboyant individualist with a chaotic love life who routinely bullied clients and collaborators—all in the service of his powerful personality and homegrown American aesthetic. Anthony Alofsin, Smithsonian Magazine, "How New York Made Frank Lloyd Wright a Starchitect," 24 Feb. 2020 In spite of our pride in being rugged individualists, we can't be that right now. Beth Thames |, al, "Let’s try to be happy campers," 26 May 2020 Eventually, foppish men hawking ideas rather than wares would lay the same claim to the American individualist spirit: the adman as noble as the oilman, the programmer no different from the prospector. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When the Checkpoints Come," 19 Mar. 2020 In keeping with the times, popular literature of the 1920s showcased bold individualists. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "When confronting the coronavirus, tough isn’t enough," 1 Apr. 2020 For the individualist, there are countless other portable pee funnels to be found online, possibly because people keep coming up with puns for names — the Tinkle Belle, the SheWee, GoGirl — and then creating products to fit them. Blair Braverman, Anchorage Daily News, "How do mushers pee on the Iditarod Trail?," 12 Mar. 2020 America needs stronger communities, and Hawley is right to tilt hard against a naked and self-seeking individualist streak among American elites. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Marked Individual," 24 Jan. 2020 These groups shared a grand narrative of America, in which rugged individualists and virtuous families built the country with Bibles in one hand and guns in the other. J.m. Opal, Quartz, "Trump will cling to power—and Republicans will cling to him," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of individualist

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Individualist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of individualist

: a person who does things without being concerned about what other people will think

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