[kuh n-fawr-mist]


a person who conforms, especially unquestioningly, to the usual practices or standards of a group, society, etc.
(often initial capital letter) a person who conforms to the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of conformist

  • “I find myself and my peers thinking, ‘This current generation is so corporate, so conformist, so apolitical,’” Wolf says.

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Historical Examples of conformist

British Dictionary definitions for conformist



a person who adopts the attitudes, behaviour, dress, etc of the group to which he belongs
a person who complies with the practices of an established church, esp the Church of England


of a conforming nature or character
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Word Origin and History for conformist

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

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