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 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 There is no place for the individualist who makes a variety of bets at his own discretion. The Economist, "Buttonwood Do not write off the macro hedge-fund manager just yet," 28 Nov. 2019 No vehicle has identified itself as closely with the rugged individualist. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Tesla’s new Cybertruck is here," 21 Nov. 2019 Think Marshall Miller, the base jumper, sky diver and wing-suit flyer whose death-defying antics make individualist renegades of just a generation ago seem quaint. New York Times, "If You Can Get Killed Doing It, Fashion Wants It," 7 Aug. 2019 Though witches have most often been treated throughout history as evil in both fiction and in real life, sentiments began to change in the 19th century as anticlerical, individualist values took hold across Europe. Pam Grossman, The Atlantic, "The Wizard of Oz Invented the ‘Good Witch’," 25 Aug. 2019 The real Paine was so much more compelling — a thin Quaker, an individualist with a big heart, who lived her life as far from a silly Texas stereotype as anyone could have. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "In searching for the next ‘Hamilton,’ the makers of the musical ‘Oswald’ traverse the JFK minefield," 23 Aug. 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 1 Apr. 2020.

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

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