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most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within a subgroup
  one who complies with established customs or doctrines
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conform conformity conformed conforming conforms conformist conformists conformism
Strongly Associated with:   nonconformist
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  • most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within a subgroup
  • She is content with the success of a hard-working conformist.
  • If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist, it’s another nonconformist who doesn’t conform to the prevailing standard of nonconformity.
    Bill Vaughan
  • Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders

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  • some noble souls from the ranks of organized religion have broken loose from the paralyzing chains of conformity and joined us as active partners in the struggle for freedom.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Have you ever considered that men, especially men, must conform to certain demands of the community they live in simply so they can be of service to it?
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • By now, even the youngest Yearlings have learned Blackcliff’s most essential lessons: Obey, conform, and keep your mouth shut.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I reach past the frayed back pockets of the jeans that conform to the butt that I’m not looking at and pick up the dry nightie.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • She talked more about her mother and father and their polar personalities; she told him a bit about her sisters and what it was like to grow up with so much pressure to conform.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice

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  • "I want to see if different cultures’ folktales conform to Teccam’s theory of narrative septagy."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • It defiantly reaches one hand over its shoulder and returns with a cannonlike gun that begins conforming to its body, the gun wrapping around its forearm.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Her leg was beginning to ache from carrying it, but she resisted the urge to limp, picturing ever-graceful Pearl in her ball gown and heels, and wished her body into conformity.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • As a NASA employee, she had become accustomed to working with engineers who conformed to a sort of industry standard: white, well educated, conservative clothes.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Conformity she said.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • This conclusion seems to conform with common sense.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • He beckoned me to sit down, and after uttering a few strained civilities came directly to the point, namely, my clear failure within his perspective to conform to certain aspects of the McGraw-Hill "profile."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • In the old days he had hidden a heretical mind beneath an appearance of conformity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Every thing he possessed in the shape of learning or religion, he made conform to his disposition to deceive.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Though under great pressure to conform to a culture of brutality, a few guards refused to participate in the violence.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Somehow it seemed to conform to a pattern that he couldn’t see.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • There are conformists and freethinkers.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • But I do feel like every second we spend standing these inches apart is one that I must impress upon my mind until my entire memory conforms to its shape.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • I tie my shoes in a hurry, pull on a jacket, and sprint out of the room, catching up to the line of initiates quickly, conforming my pace to theirs.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • As we walked rapidly along I abruptly resented the bell and my West Point stride and hurrying and conforming.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It is remarkable that persons who speculate the most boldly often conform with the most perfect quietude to the external regulations of society.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • In regard to this project of marriage for me, I will tell you, dear sweet friend, that I look on marriage as a divine institution to which we must conform.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But that is all the more reason for their making a special effort to conform.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • What has happened is quite natural, and in conformity with the law of reprisals.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ] I. That, while they staid in the island, they should not pretend to any authority; but should entirely conform to my orders, and return me the arms which I should put in their hands.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Should we sacrifice the contentment of the whole of mankind to the greed of a few non-conformists?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • They want everyone to follow them, to conform to their freaky ideas of what it means to become a vamp.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • HALLORANN The cook didn’t conform to Wendy’s image of the typical resort hotel kitchen personage at all.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Now, in the warm lamplit room, with all its ancient implications of conformity and order, she seemed infinitely farther away from him and more unapproachable.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • I may then depend upon this child being received as a pupil at Lowood, and there being trained in conformity to her position and prospects?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The coats were stiff and dome-shaped, having conformed to their piles.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • For this reason and no other—I didn’t conform to Charleston and I couldn’t.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Whence all this passion toward conformity anyway?-diversity is the word.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Where did conforming ever get me? I spent five millennia serving everyone else, and I never discovered my own identity.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • She never conformed in dress or conduct.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I took then, in conformity with the orders of the authorities, who sent me a reinforcement of six men, such measures as I thought necessary to get possession of the persons of the pretended coiners.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Independent or conforming?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The matter grows even more confusing when you realize that in many places the spelling and pronunciation of foreign words were altered by the resident population to conform to their own language.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • (Eleven months later a gun-toting team of masked bandits took her at her word by invading the post office and relieving the lady of nine hundred and fifty dollars.) As usual, Mrs. Clare’s notions conformed with those of very few.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He conformed to the bourgeois’s directions, and a few minutes later he was in a hall containing many people, and where groups, intermingled with lawyers in their gowns, were whispering together here and there.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Authority, as you usually think of it, is merely the excuse the strong use to make others conform to what they want.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • They make shift to live merely by conformity, practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of a noble race of men.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
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