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

Other Words from individualist

individualist or individualistic \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​ˈli-​dtik , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ How to pronounce individualist (audio) , -​ˌvi-​jə-​ˈli-​ \ adjective
individualistically \ ˌin-​də-​ˌvij-​wə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˌvi-​jə-​wə-​ How to pronounce individualist (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 Part of being a true individualist is fighting for the right of others to not conform to conventional ideas. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 8 July 2021 This is a picture of the parent Johnson wants to be—the opponent of pushiness and authority, the individualist. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 26 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 24 Feb. 2020 In spite of our pride in being rugged individualists, we can't be that right now. Beth Thames |, al, 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, 19 Mar. 2020 In keeping with the times, popular literature of the 1920s showcased bold individualists. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, 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, 12 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of individualist

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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