nonconformist

noun

non·​con·​form·​ist ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mist How to pronounce nonconformist (audio)
1
often capitalized : a person who does not conform to an established church
especially : one who does not conform to the Church of England
2
: a person who does not conform to a generally accepted pattern of thought or action
nonconformist adjective often capitalized

Examples of nonconformist in a Sentence

He was a nonconformist in college but now wears a three-piece suit to work every day. They were stubborn nonconformists who chose to be arrested instead of obeying the laws.
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Word History

First Known Use

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nonconformist was in 1618

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“Nonconformist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonconformist. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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nonconformist

noun
non·​con·​form·​ist ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-məst How to pronounce nonconformist (audio)
1
often capitalized : a person who does not conform to an established church
2
: a person who does not conform to generally accepted standards or customs
nonconformist adjective often capitalized

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