Other forms: individualists

If you’re an individualist, you think for yourself and do things your own way — you have the individualist values of independence and creativity.

It is great to be an individualist, meaning you won't conform to social pressures — that is, unless a group of individualists is trying to come to mutual agreement about something. You may have heard of bands that break up because "creative differences" make them unable to write music together. Most likely, those differences are the result of individualist attitudes about how the music should sound.

Definitions of individualist
  1. noun
    a person who pursues independent thought or action
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    St. John the Baptist
    (New Testament) a preacher and hermit and forerunner of Jesus (whom he baptized); was beheaded by Herod at the request of Salome
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    someone who withdraws from a social group or environment
    lone hand, lone wolf, loner
    a person who avoids the company or assistance of others
    fencesitter, independent, mugwump
    a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)
    night owl, nightbird, nighthawk
    a person who likes to be active late at night
    naturist, nudist
    a person who practices nudity for reasons of health or religion
    an individualist who withdraws from social interaction
    hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte
    one who lives in solitude
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. adjective
    marked by or expressing individuality
    synonyms: individualistic
    individual, single
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
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