action in accord with prevailing social standards, attitudes, practices, etc.
correspondence in form, nature, or character; agreement, congruity, or accordance.
compliance or acquiescence; obedience.
(often initial capital letter) compliance with the usages of an established church, especially the Church of England.
Geology. the relationship between adjacent strata.
Compare (def 2a).
This view is accurate—Kesey is certainly interested in conformity and its discontents—but incomplete.
Ken Kesey’s Wars: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at 50 Nathaniel Rich July 25, 2012
Funeral was about childhood and death; Neon Bible was about organized religion; The Suburbs was about community and conformity.
‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World Andrew Romano October 28, 2013
She grew up in suburban New Jersey, in an island of conformity to which she never belonged.
Of Love and War Penelope Rowlands October 24, 2011
His subjects were not numbed into conformity, and actively chose to defy their group.
Eyal Press’s New Book Explores Moral Courage Eric Herschthal March 7, 2012
Ginsberg the ad man beats back against the conformity of the computer and is swallowed whole.
Mad Men’s ‘The Runaways’: Three-Way Sex and Self-Mutilation in the Craziest Episode Yet Marlow Stern May 11, 2014
We choose our favorite author as we do our friend, from a conformity of humor and disposition.
Beauty Alexander Walker
Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.
Beaux and Belles of England Mary Robinson
It seems that I am about to be led to conclusions in conformity with empiristic ideas.
The Foundations of Science: Science and Hypothesis, The Value of Science, Science and Method Henri Poincar
A man must consider what a blindman’s-buff is this game of conformity.
Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
The inference is still from particulars to particulars, though drawn in conformity, not to one, but to several formulæ.
Analysis of Mr. Mill’s System of Logic William Stebbing
noun (pl) -ities, -ances
compliance in actions, behaviour, etc, with certain accepted standards or norms
correspondence or likeness in form or appearance; congruity; agreement
compliance with the practices of an established church
early 15c., conformyte, from Middle French conformité (14c.), from Late Latin conformitatem (nominative conformitas), from conformis “similar in shape,” from conformare (see conform). Modern form is from 17c.
Agreement between an individual’s behavior and a group’s standards or expectations. A conformist is one who follows the majority’s desires or standards. (See also beatniks, bureaucrat, organization man, peer group, and peer pressure.)
an adherent of the teachings of . Also called Ju. a member of the school of philosophers, founded by , who codified in their teachings the traditional Chinese principles of ethics, morals, and politics. of, relating to, or resembling the teachings of . Contemporary Examples U.S.-China relations could certainly stand a little Confucian “rectification.” Find […]
the system of ethics, education, and statesmanship taught by Confucius and his disciples, stressing love for humanity, ancestor worship, reverence for parents, and harmony in thought and conduct. Historical Examples This was one of the defects of feudal Confucianism which finally led to its own overthrow. Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic Sidney L. […]
- Anti classicism
the principles or styles characteristic of the literature and art of ancient Greece and Rome. adherence to such principles. the style in literature and art, or adherence to its principles (contrasted with ). Compare (def 7). a Greek or Latin idiom or form, especially one used in some other language. scholarship or learning. noun a […]
compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft. a compulsory contribution of money to a government during a time of war. Contemporary Examples Lapid will have to swallow a painful compromise on ultra-Orthodox conscription. Obama Complicates Netanyahu’s Coalition Talks J. J. Goldberg February 6, 2013 The hametz example may also enhance our understanding […]