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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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  • He was the first nonconformist who had been marked for arrest.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • She asked me whether I did not know that Hicks was a nonconformist.

  • Clithering is a nonconformist, and therefore a man of tender conscience.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • The word "nonconformist" is objectionable for a similar reason.

  • Certainly a nonconformist conscience could not have flourished in de Vere's household.

    John Lyly John Dover Wilson
  • Arthur Allway was her cousin, the son of a nonconformist Minister.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist,” Emerson says.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Tyndal the Reformer, and Baxter the famous nonconformist were preachers in this church.

    The History of London Walter Besant
  • She had, as the English would say, the nonconformist temperament.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
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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