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[kuh n-fawr-mist] /kənˈfɔr mɪst/
a person who conforms, especially unquestioningly, to the usual practices or standards of a group, society, etc.
(often initial capital letter) a person who conforms to the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
of or characterized by conforming, especially in action or appearance.
Origin of conformist
1625-35; conform + -ist
Related forms
conformism, noun
anticonformist, noun
hyperconformist, noun
semiconformist, noun
superconformist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conformist
  • Suburbs have always been derided as bourgeois, consumerist and conformist.
  • Tabloids have an edge when the rest of the media is conformist.
  • It pretty much turned rock n roll into a conformist genre.
  • But perhaps conformist thinking is what our government would prefer of us as citizens.
  • It lacks venture capital and it is a hierarchical, conformist culture.
  • The enormously conformist nature of the society also can accelerate such drastic changes.
  • Takeoffs on corporate conformity have become conformist.
  • For intellectuals, far from being highly individualistic and non-conformist people, follow certain regular patterns of behaviour.
  • It's probably a selection process: parents who give their kids non-conformist names are not too keen on discipline.
  • Reminds of high school goths all sitting around telling each other how individualistic and non-conformist they are.
British Dictionary definitions for conformist


a person who adopts the attitudes, behaviour, dress, etc of the group to which he belongs
a person who complies with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England
of a conforming nature or character
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Word Origin and History for conformist

"one who conforms" in any way, originally usually with reference to religion; 1630s, from conform + -ist. Cf. conformism.

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