Definition of conformist in US English:



  • 1A person who conforms to accepted behavior or established practices.

    • ‘Far from showing courage as a satirist, Pierre is a conformist who avoids challenging the sensibilities of the snobbish, transatlantic liberal left.’
    • ‘I do not know for how long I can pretend to be even a mock conformist.’
    • ‘If you look back on the 20th-century, I don't know who was worse: the fanatics or the conformists?’
    • ‘The final argument used by the public school is one of socialization and their failed attempts to convince the masses that children need indoctrination and must become social conformists by association with their peers.’
    • ‘Are you an individualist or simply a conformist in disguise?’
    • ‘After graduating, he decides to become a complete conformist in order to deflect any future criticism, much to the horror of his artsy parents.’
    • ‘This reconciliation with the social order is not when you realize you're wrong and come home a conformist.’
    • ‘A real conformist isn't going to blow the whistle.’
    • ‘Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.’
    • ‘Realistically, only conformists need apply and that's usually the way it turns out.’
    • ‘Isn't being a blind rebel equivalent to being a conformist of a different kind?’
    • ‘Those who are in revolt against society are conformists; they reject one form of conformity and accept another form of conformity.’
    • ‘On a related note, there is good evidence out there that instead of being passive conformists, Americans are extremely skeptical of anything their government says.’
    • ‘The minivan's entire image problem is quite the opposite: that some people - a lot of people - see it as signifying that you're an unthinking conformist.’
    • ‘Also, we were both widely assumed to be gay by our classmates, simply because we weren't the greatest conformists in the school.’
    • ‘They were much more concerned with the accuracy of the text than the conformists and it was felt that the Geneva version could be bettered - it had been a bit of a rush job.’
    • ‘America wasn't built by conformists, but by mutineers; we're a big brawling, boisterous, bucking people, and now is our time!’
    • ‘Far from daring, he was a conformist, reinforcing the majority culture views of New Yorker readers.’
    • ‘It is, if anything, to arraign them as the spineless cultural conformists so many of them are.’
    • ‘So shouldn't it be that winning is the mark of the conformist?’
    conventionalist, traditionalist, orthodox person, conservative, bourgeois, fogey, old fogey, stickler, formalist, diehard, reactionary
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    1. 1.1British historical A person who conforms to the practices of the Church of England.
      • ‘Clashes between conformists and Puritans resulted in the suppression of the organized Presbyterian wing of Puritanism by 1591, but the impact of Puritans on the Church at a local level remained enormous.’
      • ‘However, English Protestant conformists had a further problem, for their Church, overseen by the sovereign and a clerical hierarchy, was open to the charge of not being sufficiently reformed.’
      • ‘For example, despite his disagreements with the repressive policy of the Church of England toward evangelical preachers like himself, Bunyan did not follow Roger Williams in refusing all fellowship with conformists.’
      • ‘He notes the struggle during Elizabeth's reign between committed Protestants and the majority of conformists, the latter often unsympathetic to Protestant doctrines if, indeed, they understood them.’


  • (of a person or activity) conforming to accepted behavior or established practices; conventional.

    • ‘Now, in this increasingly conformist society, even students are joining in with the spirit of censorship.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean you have to like it, but music this stark and astringent seems astonishing in these rigidly conformist times.’
    • ‘The Western system functions by allowing small islands of dissent in an overwhelming sea of conformist propaganda.’
    • ‘I believe British society is more conformist than it has been for 20 years.’
    • ‘One is not advocating a return to the complacent and conformist themes of studio biographies, much less historical falsification, but then a filmmaker has to advance resolutely toward something new.’
    • ‘Set in a dystopian near-future, it's told in a series of letters between a loving, liberal grandmother, her resilient grand-daughter and the pinched, conformist mother who divides them.’
    • ‘Polls suggest that, in these increasingly health-obsessed and conformist times, public opinion might also now be amenable.’
    • ‘I think there is more often than not a routine that takes place between improvisers that is more conformist and restrictive than they would ever imagine or admit to.’
    • ‘If they are, the conclusions reached to this point might legitimise a vast range of state action designed to create an optimum society of deeply satisfied but conformist individuals.’
    • ‘I know people who have really struggled with the Church, or rejected the very idea of virtue, because they think living virtuously would make them conformist automatons.’
    • ‘When spoken about plainly, it is obvious that these blatantly horrendous conformist actions are sinful, yet they continue to run rampant through the United States, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘Avoiding suspicion often meant embracing, at least outwardly, a conservative and conformist attitude.’
    • ‘Back in the supermarket, the most oppressively conformist aisle is that in which wine is sold.’
    • ‘Religion has become a dirty word in our aggressively secularised society, so that any opportunity to take a swipe at it is eagerly embraced by the protagonists of the brave new world of conformist humanism.’
    • ‘Reciprocally, conformity theory predicts that spiritual experiences in turn reinforce conformist beliefs and practices.’
    • ‘We bought it Sunday afternoon; Sunday evening, we cooked a beef roast, because we're such conformist traditionalists.’
    • ‘As a dedicated contrarian I'm always uneasy with the way in which people, who are as individuals rational and intelligent, can be transformed into scarily conformist drones.’
    • ‘Given what a generally ghastly, self-obsessed and conformist experience being a teenager is, this should come as something of a relief.’
    • ‘The young rebel turned into a sad old conformist dad.’
    • ‘But sometime in the past 40 years, Western society decided that deferential, ordered and conformist societies cramped creativity and personal expression.’
    conventional, customary, established, long-established, accepted, orthodox, standard, regular, normal, conservative
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