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Definition of "nonconformism" [nonconformism]

  • The refusal to conform to common standards, conventions, rules, traditions or laws. (noun)
  • A Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England; dissenter. (noun)

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Use "nonconformism" in a sentence
  • "Edgar Hoover, the FBI's first and most infamous director, "the United States was confronted with 'a new style in conspiracy--conspiracy that is extremely subtle and devious and hence difficult to understand... a conspiracy reflected by questionable moods and attitudes, by unrestrained individualism, by nonconformism in dress and speech, even by obscene language, rather than by formal membership in specific organizations.'""
  • "On his return he moved to London to take a degree in sociology at the London School of Economics – "I admired its history of nonconformism, the way it said 'Fuck the critics' and honoured people such as HG Wells, Nelson Mandela and Wole Soyinka long before anyone else did.""
  • "Perhaps there are a few rare exceptions for e e cummings and a few other people who are trying to make a statement with their nonconformism, but they are quite rare."