- a person who refuses to conform, as to established customs, attitudes, or ideas.
- (often initial capital letter) a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England; dissenter.
Origin of nonconformist
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Examples from the Web for non-conformist
It becomes a non-conformist activity, reading becomes a risk.The Politics of Literature: An interview with Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
October 10, 2013
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.
With Emerson he might have agreed that "whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist."Ivory Apes and Peacocks
He looked shocked,he was a Non-conformist,but remembering in time how rich I was, he bowed with a meek patience.
He threatened to punish any man "who gave two pence" toward the support of a Non-conformist minister.The Trial of Theodore Parker
- a person who does not conform to generally accepted patterns of behaviour or thought
- of or characterized by behaviour that does not conform to generally accepted patterns
- a member of a Protestant denomination that dissents from an Established Church, esp the Church of England
- of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists
Word Origin and History for non-conformist
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.