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nonconformist

[non-kuh n-fawr-mist] /ˌnɒn kənˈfɔr mɪst/
noun
1.
a person who refuses to conform, as to established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
2.
(often initial capital letter) a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England; dissenter.
Origin of nonconformist
1610-1620
1610-20; non- + conformist
Synonyms
1. dissenter, dissident, individualist, loner.
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  • Four nonconformist ministers accordingly went down to Lambeth to converse on the subject.

  • If; for instance, he had been some 'impossible' nonconformist Radical!

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • He made a pamphlet of his nonconformist letters, but perhaps a hundred copies were sold!

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • Dunne—It was the same thing; whether Mr. Hicks was a nonconformist.

  • He has a sort of maudlin self-consciousness which is as dangerous a thing as the nonconformist conscience.

    A Lost Leader E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • An atheist in your country is a nonconformist—in mine, a Christian is.

    Summit Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Again, the venerable nonconformist stepped in; Philip Pugh pointed out his defect.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • The word "nonconformist" is objectionable for a similar reason.

  • Have you ever turned your attention to the nonconformist ministry?

    Peter Binney Archibald Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for nonconformist

nonconformist

/ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst/
noun
1.
a person who does not conform to generally accepted patterns of behaviour or thought
adjective
2.
of or characterized by behaviour that does not conform to generally accepted patterns
Derived Forms
nonconformism, noun

Nonconformist

/ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst/
noun
1.
a member of a Protestant denomination that dissents from an Established Church, esp the Church of England
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists
Derived Forms
Nonconformity, Nonconformism, noun
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