nonconformist

[ non-kuhn-fawr-mist ]
/ ˌnɒn kənˈfɔr mɪst /

noun

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.

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Origin of nonconformist

First recorded in 1610–20; non- + conformist

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British Dictionary definitions for nonconformists (1 of 2)

nonconformist
/ (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst) /

noun

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

adjective

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

Derived forms of nonconformist

nonconformism, noun

British Dictionary definitions for nonconformists (2 of 2)

Nonconformist
/ (ˌnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪst) /

noun

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

adjective

of, relating to, or denoting Nonconformists

Derived forms of Nonconformist

Nonconformity or Nonconformism, noun
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Cultural definitions for nonconformists

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.

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