One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Failing or refusing to conform; belonging, relating to, or supporting nonconformity; specifically not conforming, adhering, or assenting to the usages of the Church of England (or any established church); nonconformist.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Saltmarsh (d. 1647), preacher and religious controversialist. From non- + conforming.
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