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[non-joo r-er]
  1. a person who refuses to take a required oath, as of allegiance.
  2. (often initial capital letter) English History. any of the clergymen of the Church of England who in 1689 refused to swear allegiance to William and Mary.
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Origin of nonjuror

First recorded in 1685–95; non- + juror
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Historical Examples of nonjuror

  • His opinions, as he was a nonjuror, seem not to have been remarkably rigid.

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes

    Samuel Johnson

  • The "Nonjuror" alone survives as a memorial of the Drury season of 1717-18.

  • Henry Dodwell, the nonjuror, died in 1711, in his seventieth year.

  • The Archbishop himself consecrated: one Nonjuror reading the prayers, another preaching.

  • All the Jacobites in town united to condemn a play, by the author of the "Nonjuror," with Vanbrugh for colleague.

British Dictionary definitions for nonjuror


  1. a person who refuses to take an oath, as of allegiance
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  1. any of a group of clergy in England and Scotland who declined to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary in 1689
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