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[kuh n-fawr-mist]
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  1. a person who conforms, especially unquestioningly, to the usual practices or standards of a group, society, etc.
  2. (often initial capital letter) a person who conforms to the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
  1. of or characterized by conforming, especially in action or appearance.

Origin of conformist

First recorded in 1625–35; conform + -ist
Related formscon·form·ism, nounan·ti·con·form·ist, nounhy·per·con·form·ist, nounsem·i·con·form·ist, nounsu·per·con·form·ist, noun
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  1. a person who adopts the attitudes, behaviour, dress, etc of the group to which he belongs
  2. a person who complies with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England
  1. of a conforming nature or character
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Word Origin and History for conformism


1890, "tendency or need to conform" to some group standard, from conform + -ism. In religion, from c.1902. In geology from c.1912. Modern, general sociological sense (social conformism) popularized from c.1948.



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

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