• WordNet 3.6
    • adj nonconformist not conforming to some norm or socially approved pattern of behavior or thought "their rabidly nonconformist deportment has made them legendary","the old stubborn nonconformist spirit of the early settlers"
    • adj nonconformist not conforming to established customs or doctrines especially in religion
    • n nonconformist someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
    • n Nonconformist a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Nonconformist One who does not conform to an established church; especially, one who does not conform to the established church of England; a dissenter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nonconformist One who does not conform to some law or usage, especially to some ecclesiastical law.
    • n nonconformist Specifically, in English history, one of those clergymen who refused to subscribe the Act of Uniformity passed in 1662, demanding “assent and consent” to everything contained in the Book of Common Prayer, and by extension any one who refuses to conform to the order and liturgy of the Church of England. See dissenter, 2.
    • n nonconformist In entomology, the noctuid moth Xylina zinckeni: an English collectors' name, applied in distinction from X. Conformis. Synonyms Dissenter, etc. See heretic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Nonconformist one who does not conform: esp. one who refused to conform or subscribe to the Act of Uniformity in 1662—abbrev. Non-con′
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  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.”
  • James Thurber
    “Why do you have to a nonconformist like everybody else?”
  • Gilbert Seldes
    Gilbert Seldes
    “Comedy is the last refuge of the nonconformist mind.”


In literature:

A common-sense Nonconformist minister, wishing to teach his people and to get at facts, studies the English Prayer Book.
"The Church: Her Books and Her Sacraments" by E. E. Holmes
NEAL, his account of the Nonconformists, iii.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
In Palmer's "Nonconformist' Memorials" the Rev.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Of this class, undoubtedly, Edward Miall, the editor of the 'Nonconformist,' is one of the latest.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Some Nonconformist societies will engage a light or humorous lecturer, put him in their chapel, and open his mouth with prayer.
"A Frenchman in America" by Max O'Rell
There are three Nonconformist chapels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Some of the old Nonconformist chapels were grotesque specimens of rustic architecture.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
From 1574 the Protestant Nonconformists strove to introduce Presbyterianism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
It is thus used in nonconformist churches of the invitation to serve as minister a particular congregation or chapel.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Here he notably enhanced his popularity as a preacher, and became one of the recognized leaders of Nonconformist opinion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
After this he visited Ireland, and then became pastor to a Nonconformist congregation at Cheshunt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
For a churchman to be discovered eating bread of Mr. Lacey's baking, Mr. Lacey being a nonconformist, would have meant social ostracism.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
A minister, a Nonconformist minister in Wales.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
I see myself going to that Nonconformist church with a hymn-book and Bible under my arm.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
There is nothing in the whole world so unbecoming to a woman as a nonconformist conscience.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
This, however, Philip declined to do, and he entered a nonconformist seminary instead.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden
The Nonconformist confessors were divided up among the Southwark prisons, and the Marshalsea received its share of them.
"In Jail with Charles Dickens" by Alfred Trumble
He could not, however, be called more than a moderate Nonconformist; and such he continued to be throughout his life.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
Chapels, Nonconformist, 91, 98, 101, 169, 200, 225, 228, 256, 345, 389.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie

In news:

Benchmade has introduced the Harley-Davidson Nonconformist folding knife in drop-point (13800) and Tanto (13801) configurations.
Off-season Nantucket is a nonconformist 's delight.
A Nonconformist in a League of His Own.
The passing of Bel Air's 'Crazy' Steve Nelson, a soulful nonconformist.
While Johnson, Breuer, and Noyes advanced a heroic form of Modernism in the 1950s and '60s, Johansen took a more guerilla approach that worked on a smaller scale and assumed a nonconformist stance.
Off-season Nantucket is a nonconformist's delight.
An army of T-shirted nonconformists declare their uniqueness in Deutsch's new anthem spot By Gabriel Beltrone.
Marijuana laws used to punish nonconformists.
How children rebel The rebellious child at this age is often a nonconformist.
Iraq killings said to target 'emos' for nonconformist style.
Of course there will always be a few nonconformists who'll vote for pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffins or pumpkin milkshakes.
The nonconformists behind Proposition 37.