toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition to comply, fit in, or be similar to what is normal

Although the forms conform and conformity (referring to complying with established customs or doctrines) are more often used, conformist is more likely to appear on standardized tests.
  • Most teenagers are surprisingly conformist within their subgroup.
conformist = someone who thinks and acts like others in a group
  • The Asche experiment showed the influence of the desire to conform.
  • conform = comply or fit in with what is normal
  • Groupthink encourages conformity of opinion—even when around a bad decision.
  • conformity = compliance or fitting in with what is normal
  • She is content with the success of a hard-working conformist.
  • conformist = someone who thinks and acts like others in a group
  • 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
  • conformity = to fit in (comply with customary behavior)
  • Mom and Dad liked to make a big point about never surrendering to fear or to prejudice or to the narrow-minded conformist sticks-in-the-mud who tried to tell everyone else what was proper.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • conformist = of someone who thinks and acts like others
  • 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
  • conforms = complies, fits in, or is similar to what is normal
  • 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
  • conformity = complying with the majority (fitting in)
  • If every action in the universe that we thought was random actually conformed to a rational pattern, Dad said, that implied the existence of a divine creator, and he was beginning to rethink his atheistic creed.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • conformed = fit into
  • Whence all this passion toward conformity anyway?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • In the old days he had hidden a heretical mind beneath an appearance of conformity.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Before long he admitted that he would like to flee back to the security of conformity, provided there was a decent and creditable way to return.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Conform to the customs of the house, especially as to meals.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Judge not what is best By pleasure, though to nature seeming meet; Created, as thou art, to nobler end Holy and pure, conformity divine.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But it was precisely their conformism, their transparent sanctimoniousness, that exasperated Yurii Andreievich.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • I assume that a salary is the price paid for a commodity, and it ought to conform with the law of supply and demand.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • 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
  • I am older now, and the conformist in me tells me I should start building a real life of some kind, any kind, but that cannot happen yet, if ever.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®