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.

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As nonconformists and dissenters drop out of the conversation, the deliberation becomes more circular and more extreme. Noah Rothman, National Review, "Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind," 25 July 2019 For the rest of her life, Lock remained active among the English nonconformists, who later became known as Puritans. Jamie Quatro, The New Yorker, "The Hidden Life of a Forgotten Sixteenth-Century Female Poet," 5 Aug. 2019 Indeed, looting museums was one of the charges that the authorities leveled against Parajanov, a nonconformist who was persecuted and imprisoned on suspicions of homosexuality and became a cause célèbre among Western cinephiles. New York Times, "In ‘The Color of Pomegranates,’ the Cinema of the Cryptic," 24 May 2018 In this regard, Mr. Caplan is quite the nonconformist. James Taranto, WSJ, "School Is Expensive. Is It Worth It?," 13 Apr. 2018 Of her half-dozen siblings, Aimée was the wild child, an unapologetic rule breaker and inspiration to nonconformists everywhere. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "The Bohemian Heiress Who Shattered 19th-Century Taboos," 24 Apr. 2018 Dearden will topline the pilot as Karen Wolff, a nonconformist who secretly wishes to fit in and be accepted. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hulu's Carrie Brownstein Comedy Finds Leads in Taylor Dearden, Aubrey Peeples," 8 Mar. 2018 Relatives and children of nonconformists were disadvantaged, their life chances limited. Paul Roderick Gregory, WSJ, "What the ‘Great Terror’ Taught Autocrats," 23 Aug. 2017 Tan found inspiration in such nonconformists as Jarmusch and Lynch, and film became her favorite language (clips from classics of the auteur canon punctuate the doc, to variously witty and stirring effect). Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Shirkers': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of nonconformist

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nonconformist

: a person who does not behave the way most people behave : someone who does not conform


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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