Definition of nonconformity in English:



mass noun
  • 1NonconformityNonconformists as a body, especially Protestants dissenting from the Anglican Church.

    • ‘Through his Keswick ministry, he was keen to bridge something of the gulf between Anglicanism and Nonconformity.’
    • ‘It was particularly manifested in Nonconformity in England (that is, groups such as Unitarians and Quakers), and in the ‘Moderate’ party in the Church of Scotland.’
    • ‘The key representatives of English Nonconformity offered various understandings of the ‘verbal inspiration’ of the Bible, but most stopped short of claiming absolute textual inerrancy.’
    1. 1.1 The principles or practice of Nonconformists, especially Protestant dissent.
      • ‘He earned his doctorate from the New Orleans Baptist Seminary in Louisiana for studies in nonconformity, particularly focusing on Roger Williams.’
      • ‘Here Nonconformity defined Welsh working-class identity in relation to their English Anglican employers.’
      • ‘He was heir to a tradition that stretched back through Spurgeon to the puritan forefathers of nonconformity.’
      • ‘A cultural revival in the eighteenth century was reinforced by the spread of Nonconformity, which became an integral part of Welsh identity.’
      • ‘Mansbridge was an activist in the Battersea Co-operative Society, but abandoned his nonconformity for the local Anglican church, soon making contact with the clerical hierarchy at Westminster Abbey.’
      dissension, dissent, dissidence, blasphemy, unorthodoxy, heterodoxy, apostasy, freethinking, schism, faction
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  • 2Failure or refusal to conform to a prevailing rule or practice.

    ‘youngsters are rejecting rebellion and nonconformity in favour of becoming ‘model citizens’’
    ‘language difficulty will be seen in terms of nonconformity to standard ways’
    • ‘The film's winning conclusion is also its best twist, a droll and charming take on nonconformity, infused with a lesson about living with an outsider status.’
    • ‘Studies in the workplace find that women's nonconformity to feminine stereotypes leads to negative evaluation by both men and women.’
    • ‘The feeling that youth and nonconformity were at last striking back engulfed the Bay area, then the US and much of the western world.’
    • ‘Removing both penalties against nonconformity and rewards for conformity contributed greatly to the purity of religion.’
    • ‘Despite his talk about nonconformity, the author is decidedly conformist.’
    • ‘It may be that effeminate boys or boys exhibiting gender role nonconformity are more likely to be pursued by older men.’
    • ‘Seattle not only tolerates nonconformity, it celebrates it.’
    • ‘For all this, nonconformity proved to be more dangerous and subversive than its counterpart on the American mainland.’
    • ‘And so Trastevere was always an area of nonconformity.’
    • ‘In Amsterdam, nonconformity jumps out at you from everywhere.’
    • ‘They shared an apartment on 115th Street, New York, where they began to talk of a ‘New Vision’ - a reaction against what they saw as the sterile nonconformity of post-war America.’
    • ‘And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity.’
    • ‘Briefly stated, Pareto observes that the sentiments in society change between periods when conformity is valued and periods when nonconformity, or change, is valued.’
    • ‘Gender nonconformity is a much more important issue for males than for females, as Remafedi has pointed out.’
    • ‘As the author herself states, this book is decidedly not a study in nonconformity or rebellion.’
    • ‘Rather than dullness, it is surely the subversive nonconformity of Beat sensibilities that provoked attacks like these.’
    • ‘Risk factors for suicide, such as gender nonconformity, appear to be particularly salient with regard to boys and men.’
    • ‘Heavily influenced by Jack Kerouac and the Beats as well as the political Left, Dylan struck a pose of alienation and nonconformity that has served as a model for so many popular musicians since.’
    • ‘And he had some very good points about how our society exoticizes and seems to celebrate nonconformity, when in reality to act as nonconformist is often to be labelled an irrelevant romantic and to not be taken seriously.’
    • ‘The redefinition of downtown Austin from a space for creative nonconformity into a sterile environment more suited to computers than composers has begun.’
    defiance, disobedience, rebelliousness, insubordination, mutinousness, subversion, subversiveness, resistance, dissent
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    1. 2.1 Lack of similarity in form or type.
      difference, dissimilarity, variation, variance, discrepancy, disparity, dissimilitude, unlikeness
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