non·​con·​form·​ist | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mist How to pronounce nonconformist (audio) \

Definition of nonconformist

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

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Other Words from nonconformist

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Return of Tanya Tucker is a fittingly unconventional portrait of a nonconformist. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Former Portland Mayor Bud Clark, a nonconformist to the end, received a natural burial Feb. 12 at River View Cemetery in Southwest Portland. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2022 Portland’s transformation from gritty industrial burgh into haven for the quirky and nonconformist was all but complete. oregonlive, 7 Jan. 2022 For that matter, why put non-binary people or gender nonconformists on the spot when each aspect of human identity — race, ability, sexuality, happiness, health — exists on a spectrum? Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2020 Based on Jerry Spinelli’s young adult novel, the movie follows a teenage nonconformist with a ukulele in tow who arrives at a high school in small-town Arizona. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2020 But repression of public dissent remains fierce and widespread, with state security agents harassing nonconformists ranging from independent journalists to ordinary citizens who complain about public services. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2019 The franchise, which is known for player evaluation, has had its share of nonconformists and must have every expectation that Brown can dial back his temperament and need for attention. Sally Jenkins,, 10 Sep. 2019 Conversely, favoring one style or group can unfairly exclude nonconformists from the historical picture. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of nonconformist

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nonconformist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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non·​con·​form·​ist | \ ˌnän-kən-ˈfȯr-mist How to pronounce nonconformist (audio) \

Kids Definition of nonconformist

: a person who does not behave according to generally accepted standards or customs

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