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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.
The non-conformist life and works of Fehmida Riaz show to us what we, caught in our ever increasing euphoria of patriotism, do not want to see, acknowledge; our deeply problematic history and culture mired with religious and gender violence.
And consumer preference, in many if not most cases, depends on our accedence to social influences and how we choose to conform to those influences, or be a non-conformist.
Westerweel Group: Non-Conformist Resistance Against Nazi Germany: A Joint Rescue Effort of Dutch Idealists and Dutch-German Zionists
"This is a victory for all people who are non-conformist," said Ivancheva.
Dax, low-status and a non-conformist, never imagined she'd be a soldier, yet she was hand-picked by gruff Commander Viteri, taken from her parents, never to see them again.
Summary: The New IRA is comprised of 'non-conformist' elements in small cells
While non-conformist sects, and the roles women played in them, have been studied, Baptist women, and their published writings, are still largely neglected.
I wonder: Is there anywhere in Huddersfield, with its deep non-conformist traditions, where Whitsuntide is still celebrated in this way?
Will the parliamentarians draft a law that if families do not wish to keep a child born who is a gender non-conformist, they should give that off spring the share of their property before casting that life out of their homes and lives?"This raises a question in the mind.

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