[ non-kuhn-fawr-mist ]
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  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

First recorded in 1610–20; non- + conformist

Other words for nonconformist

Words Nearby nonconformist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use nonconformist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for nonconformist (1 of 2)


/ (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst) /

  1. a person who does not conform to generally accepted patterns of behaviour or thought

  1. of or characterized by behaviour that does not conform to generally accepted patterns

Derived forms of nonconformist

  • nonconformism, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Nonconformist (2 of 2)


/ (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst) /

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

  1. of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists

Derived forms of Nonconformist

  • Nonconformity or Nonconformism, noun

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