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

First recorded in 1610–20; non- + conformist

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

Examples from the Web for nonconformist

Contemporary Examples of nonconformist

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Historical Examples of nonconformist

British Dictionary definitions for nonconformist



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
Derived Formsnonconformism, noun



a member of a Protestant denomination that dissents from an Established Church, esp the Church of England


of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists
Derived FormsNonconformity or Nonconformism, noun
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