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conformist

[kuh n-fawr-mist]
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noun
  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.
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adjective
  1. of or characterized by conforming, especially in action or appearance.
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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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conformist

noun
  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
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adjective
  1. of a conforming nature or character
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Word Origin and History for conformism

n.

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.

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conformist

n.

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

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