American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A person who uncritically or habitually conforms to the customs, rules, or styles of a group.
- adj. Marked by conformity or convention: "Underneath the image, teenagers today are surprisingly conformist” ( Selina S. Guber).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who conforms or complies; specifically, in England, one who complies with the form of worship of the Established Church, as distinguished from a dissenter or nonconformist.
- n. In entomology, a British collector's name for a noctuid moth, Xylina conformis.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. marked by conformity or convention; not corresponding to current customs or rules or styles. Opposite of
- adj. same as conforming.
- n. One who conforms or complies; esp., one who conforms to the Church of England, or to the Established Church, as distinguished from a
- adj. adhering to established customs or doctrines (especially in religion)
- adj. marked by convention and conformity to customs or rules or styles
- n. someone who conforms to established standards of conduct (especially in religious matters)
“Lori has been a non-conformist from the beginning.”
“As another rabbi wrote to me, "The only thing that a non-conformist hates more than a conformist is another nonconformist who does not conform to their standard of non-conformity.”
“But young people see dense cities with rail transit as cool, desirable, and fun and the suburbs as stifling and conformist, which is the polar opposite of older generations who feared cities and viewed them as dangerous and subways and light rail as second rate transit.”
“She's not what I'd call a conformist, and she doesn't treat her humans the way most everyone else does.”
“A conformist is a man who declares, "It's true because others believe it-but an individualist is not a man who declares, "It's true because I believe it.”
“It's a dimension of liturgy and of Christian identity that I think has been brought out more clearly than ever in the last few years by some rather maverick kinds of biblical scholarship -- 'maverick', because many of the assumptions of biblical scholarship in the last couple of generations have been based on the idea that essentially the Jewish world of Jesus 'day was non-conformist, that is, that it approached liturgy very much at the level of ideas and inspiration.”
“But, because it's "conformist" or "normative," we don't get as excited about historicizing it quite precisely as we do when Bennett uses the l-word.”
“The children, in fact, seem to have moved from one kind of conformist society to another.”
“In conclusion, then, it is perhaps worth recalling the words of Lt.Col. Darrel Vandeveld, the self-confessed "conformist" and prosecutor in seven cases before the Military Commissions (including that of Binyam Mohamed), who quit his job on September 24, complaining that potentially exculpatory evidence was not provided to the defense lawyers, and that the Commissions system was "not served by having someone who may be innocent be convicted of the crime.”
“It is a "conformist" stage in the sense that it is acutely tuned to the expectations and judgments of significant others and as yet does not have a sure enough grasp on its own identity and autonomous judgment to construct and maintain an independent perspective.”
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