1. to act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group: One has to conform in order to succeed in this company.
2. to be or become similar in form, nature, or character.
A nonconformist, you would think, is the exact opposite of that definition. That would be implied by the prefix "non".
A nonconformist would not act like a certain group. They would not conform to a certain society. They would just be themselves.
It is impossible to be a non conformist. Notice how people who claim to be nonconformists tend to be humans? Well, if they are, then they are conforming to be human. Therefore, rendering it impossible that they are a nonconformist. That is destroying the definition on a technical level, now comes where it is challenged on a lower level.
It has also occurred to me that whenever I see somebody call themselves a nonconformist, they seem to have an "emo-ish" appearance. Now dont get me wrong, im not saying that this is a problem that they look this way. But it does seem odd that they are saying that they are not conforming to anything when they are obviously part of a group. See the problem here?
The point is. The word nonconformist is stupid. It should not be used to describe a person. It just does not make sense.
Emo Girl: Hey Gerrit, like my new lip ring?
Gerrit: Er... not really. Why did you get that?
Emo Boy: Cause shes a non-conformist. Unlike you!!!