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individualist

[in-duh-vij-oo-uh-list] /ˌɪn dəˈvɪdʒ u ə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who shows great independence or individuality in thought or action.
2.
an advocate of individualism.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; individual + -ist
Related forms
individualistic, adjective
individualistically, adverb
nonindividualistic, adjective
overindividualistic, adjective
overindividualistically, adverb
superindividualist, noun
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Examples from the web for individualist
  • But only a few sentences later appears a statement that runs against the individualist creed.
  • Much of it is because our society has turned individualist into self-centered.
  • And he has succeeded partly because he is what his friends call an individualist, and others might call a loner.
  • All three despised automobiles--as any real rugged individualist must--and they were atrocious drivers.
  • She was referred to as an individualist and free-thinker who loved nature, art, and collectibles.
  • Gaines was a strong individualist who refused to bow to superiors considered by him to be inferior in ability and judgment.
British Dictionary definitions for individualist

individualist

/ˌɪndɪˈvɪdjʊəlɪst/
noun
1.
a person who shows independence and individuality in his behaviour, opinions, or actions
2.
an advocate of individualism
Derived Forms
individualistic, adjective
individualistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for individualist
n.

1840, from individual + -ist. Related: Individualistic.

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