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1. One who does not conform to, or refuses to be bound by, accepted beliefs, customs, or practices.
2. often Nonconformist A member of a Protestant church not observing the doctrines, usage, or polity of a national or established church, especially the Church of England.

non′con·form′ist adj.
non′con·form′ism n.


1. the state or practice of nonadherence to an established church or its doctrine, discipline, or polity.
2. (cap.) the condition of a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England; dissenterism. — nonconformist, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
a deliberate and conscious refusal to conform to conventional practices or patterns of behavior. — nonconformist, n.nonconformity, n.
See also: Attitudes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonconformism - a lack of orthodoxy in thoughts or beliefs
heresy, heterodoxy, unorthodoxy - any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position
conformism, conformity - orthodoxy in thoughts and belief
2.nonconformism - the practice of nonconformity
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"


[ˈnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪzəm] Ninconformismo m


[ˈnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪzm] n (Brit) (Rel) → movimento protestante


[ˈnɒnkənˈfɔːmɪzm] nanticonformismo
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It is felony, as I have just told you, for a Roman Catholic priest to celebrate a marriage which may be lawfully celebrated by a parochial clergyman, a Presbyterian mini ster, and a Non-conformist minister.
Here is Bill Jukes, every inch of him tattooed, the same Bill Jukes who got six dozen on the WALRUS from Flint before he would drop the bag of moidores [Portuguese gold pieces]; and Cookson, said to be Black Murphy's brother (but this was never proved), and Gentleman Starkey, once an usher in a public school and still dainty in his ways of killing; and Skylights (Morgan's Skylights); and the Irish bo'sun Smee, an oddly genial man who stabbed, so to speak, without offence, and was the only Non-conformist in Hook's crew; and Noodler, whose hands were fixed on backwards; and Robt.
He whose soul longeth to experience the whole range of hitherto recognised values and desirabilities, and to circumnavigate all the coasts of this ideal 'Mediterranean Sea', who, from the adventures of his most personal experience, wants to know how it feels to be a conqueror, and discoverer of the ideal--as likewise how it is with the artist, the saint, the legislator, the sage, the scholar, the devotee, the prophet, and the godly non-conformist of the old style:--requires one thing above all for that purpose, GREAT HEALTHINESS--such healthiness as one not only possesses, but also constantly acquires and must acquire, because one unceasingly sacrifices it again, and must sacrifice it
The singers will help to launch the 40th anniversary of the amalgamation of Honley's three non-conformist churches, High Street Methodist, the Southgate Methodist and the Moorbottom Congregational which formed the Trinity Methodist/United Reformed Church in September, 1969.
Cardiff South and Penarth MP Alun Michael and Lorraine Barrett AM will also pay tribute to the man known as 'Sunny Jim', with prayers being led by members of the Non-Conformist, Jewish, Muslim and Catholic faiths.
But since she's such a laddish, in-yer-face, obscenity-spouting non-conformist libertine, her style would surely be telling her Radio One listeners the truth between tracks - and then asking them what colour knickers she should wear for the wedding.
The non-conformist posing of heroes Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland struck a chord in contemporary audiences, though Robert Altman's modish direction sometimes works against Ring Lardner's savage script.
Once-bearded Mr Parry, a non-conformist minister in Maesteg, South Wales, said: "Since I was a lad I have fought my female impulses.
Lithuania's Ramunas Navardausaks, New Zealander Jack Bauer and Rohan Dennis, of Australia, complete the squad, which Garmin-Sharp boss Jonathan Vaughters hopes can light up the Tour in a non-conformist way.
Even the Catholic Church and its sidekick the Anglican Communion have at last followed the example of the non-conformist denominations and use individual cups for sharing the wine, a practice begun by the non-conformists during a big cholera epidemic in the 1800s.
Garden cemeteries were a 19th century phenomenon, usually having two chapels - one Anglican and one non-conformist.
On April 11847 the government found, I quote, "the Welsh are dirty, lazy and immoral, which can be contributed to their language and non-conformist chapels"' the eradication of the Welsh language became official policy in what became known as the Blue Books Treachery.

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