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nonconformist


the old stubborn nonconformist spirit of the early settlers
  someone who refuses to conform to socially approved patterns of behavior or thought
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  • the old stubborn nonconformist spirit of the early settlers
  • 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
  • The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
    Martin Luther King Jr.
  • their rabidly nonconformist deportment has made them legendary

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  • Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • I felt like it was keeping a part of my brain alive that would otherwise lie completely dormant—even in prison you had to work at being a nonconformist.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Mica Area High School—MAHS—was not exactly a hotbed of nonconformity.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Major Major’s elders disliked him because he was such a flagrant nonconformist.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • Lawrence’s people keep refusing to behave, to submit to convention, to act in a way that conforms to expectations, even expectations of other nonconformists.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She was far from being seriously concerned about his nonconformity.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • The family continued all of the Church of England till about the end of Charles the Second’s reign, when some of the ministers that had been outed for nonconformity holding conventicles in Northamptonshire, Benjamin and Josiah adhered to them, and so continued all their lives: the rest of the family remained with the Episcopal Church.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • …the wind, betook himself to the designated place, a narrow platform, one of six, outside of the high bulwarks and screened by the great dead-eyes and multiple columned lanyards of the shrouds and back-stays; and, in a great war-ship of that time, of dimensions commensurate with the hull’s magnitude; a tarry balcony, in short, overhanging the sea, and so secluded that one mariner of the Indomitable, a non-conformist old tar of a serious turn, made it even in daytime his private oratory.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • That doesn’t sound too good, sounds like an endorsement of nonconformity.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • There’s many a London pulpit being filled by a nonconformist on account of it.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • He was the undisciplined, recalcitrant, nonconformist, politically incorrect free spirit I had always wanted to be, had I been brave enough, and I took vicarious joy in his unbridled verve.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • "We have found out …. that we cannot trust some people who are nonconformists," declared Ray Kroc, one of the founders of McDonald’s, angered by some of his franchisees.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Labov says that these leaders of linguistic change have had a history of nonconformity and that their language itself was a display of nonconformity.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Nor of such gladiators of dissent as the /Plymouth Brethren/, nor of the /nonconformist conscience/, though the United States suffers from it even more damnably than England.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist clergyman.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • In the church, Roman, Anglican or Nonconformist: exemplars, the very reverend John Conmee S. J., the reverend T. Salmon, D. D., provost of Trinity college, Dr Alexander J. Dowie.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And I suppose that Papists in England are even technically Nonconformists.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • She remembered when Mr. Griffith from the Nonconformist chapel had been invited to speak in the parish church.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • A man had better have all the statues in London to supper with him, ugly as they are, than be brought to the bar of the Nonconformist Conscience by Donna Elvira.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • He was a thick, ruddy man, the sort of Englishman one sees in the Midlands, the sort that is either very Non-Conformist or very alcoholic, and George William was not Non-Conformist.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • She had, as the English would say, the Nonconformist temperament.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • Labov says that these leaders of linguistic change have had a history of nonconformity and that their language itself was a display of nonconformity.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • You see, the servant girl that he then kissed was nurse in the family of the Nonconformist head of the county—whatever that post may be called.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • And they bring with them these symbols of nonconformity that gradually spread to the entire community.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Women are quicker than men to adopt "prestige forms" of language, but also quicker to adopt symbols of nonconformism, new or "stigmatized forms" that can acquire a kind of "covert prestige."
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • In Philadelphia, Labov identified a particular type of woman, working-class, well established in her community, who took pleasure in being nonconformist and was strong enough to influence others.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I do not know what words were said or what pacts made, but one day he was amongst us again, having slipped quietly back into a croft on the high farm of the Billings, a nonconformist family.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • As to pulling the Nonconformist Conscience by the beard as Don Juan plucked the beard of the Commandant’s statue in the convent of San Francisco, that is out of the question nowadays: prudence and good manners alike forbid it to a hero with any mind.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Less the babes, the frail elderly, those few who must needs labor even on the Lord’s Day, and the handful of Quakers and nonconformists who bide up on the high farms, the number who gather each week in our church is a firm two hundred and one score worshipers.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Not even those Nonconformist holes in Wales.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • For Mr. Stanley had commenced to attend Mr. Mompellion’s services ever since the Sunday Oath, and in the weeks since, the Billings family and some others from among the nonconformists had begun to come as well.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Save he be in the United Free Church of Scotland, he is never a /minister/; save he be a nonconformist, he is never a /pastor/; a clergyman of the Establishment is always either a /rector/, a /vicar/ or a /curate/, and colloquially a /parson/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • For half the world—the whole of the world that knew Edward and Leonora believed that his conviction in the Kilsyte affair had been a miscarriage of justice—a conspiracy of false evidence, got together by Nonconformist adversaries.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • ] [Footnote 165: Nonconformist, one who does not conform to established usages or opinions.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • ] [Footnote 179: Give examples of men who have been made to feel the displeasure of the world for their nonconformity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He was a thick, ruddy man, the sort of Englishman one sees in the Midlands, the sort that is either very Non-Conformist or very alcoholic, and George William was not Non-Conformist.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Such terms as /vicar/, /canon/, /verger/, /prebendary/, /primate/, /curate/, /non-conformist/, /dissenter/, /convocation/, /minster/, /chapter/, /crypt/, /living/, /presentation/, /glebe/, /benefice/, /locum tenens/, /suffragan/, /almoner/, /dean/ and /pluralist/ are to be met with in the English newspapers constantly, but on this side of the water they are seldom encountered.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Labov told us: "We’re just speculating that there are certain people who pick up symbols of social nonconformity and they keep it all their lives and even promote it.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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