- 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
Examples from the Web for nonconformists
At first the leaders of the migration were Nonconformists not Separatists.The Fathers of New England
Charles M. Andrews
Ranters, Wesleyans, and other Nonconformists were regarded as heretics.The Shellback's Progress
The Nonconformists still formed an important part of the City.The History of London
A large proportion of them are Nonconformists—principally Methodists.The Toilers of the Field
Have you ever noticed how it is that the nonconformists in any society are usually crackpots?Summit
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- 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
- a member of a Protestant denomination that dissents from an Established Church, esp the Church of England
- of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists
Protestants in England in the seventeenth century and afterward who refused to belong to the Church of England, which was the established church (see also established church) for Protestants in the country. Many Protestant churches in the United States, such as the Congregationalists, are rooted in the teachings of the English Nonconformists. The Nonconformists are also called Dissenters.