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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
First recorded in 1610-20; non- + conformist
Synonyms
1. dissenter, dissident, individualist, loner.
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  • It was plain, but its plainness was not the barrenness of a non-conformist chapel.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • I said mischievously, for I loved to jar his non-conformist conscience.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • With Emerson he might have agreed that "whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist."

    Ivory Apes and Peacocks James Huneker
  • He looked shocked,he was a non-conformist,but remembering in time how rich I was, he bowed with a meek patience.

    The Sorrows of Satan Marie Corelli
  • He threatened to punish any man "who gave two pence" toward the support of a non-conformist minister.

  • What was the attitude of the church toward these non-conformist movements?

  • Now, thousands of non-conformist chapels proclaim its meaning gone, and its language an affectation and an insolence.

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • “Fault of any non-conformist country,” pleaded young Mr. Braid, finely assuming mortification.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
     

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • Accordingly this was done, and certified by the non-conformist magnate of Ambleside Hall.

    The Church of Grasmere Mary L. Armitt
British Dictionary definitions for non-conformist

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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Word Origin and History for non-conformist
n.

also nonconformist, 1610s, originally one who adhered to Church of England doctrine but not its practice, from non- + conformist. After their ejection under the Act of Uniformity (1662) the name passed to the separate churches they joined or formed. In general use from 1670s as "one who does not participate in a practice or course of action." As an adjective from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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