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Unorthodox beliefs, behaviour and people

bad apple

noun

someone who does bad things and influences other people so that they do bad things too

contrarian

noun

someone who often has the opposite opinion to most other people

eccentricity

noun

strange or unusual behaviour

extremism

noun

a tendency to have beliefs or opinions that are considered to be extremely unreasonable by most people

freethinker

noun

someone who forms their own opinions rather than following what other people think or believe

heathen

noun

a humorous way of referring to someone who breaks social rules

heretic

noun

someone who does or believes things that oppose the official principles of a religion

iconoclast

noun

someone who attacks the beliefs, customs, and opinions that most people in a society accept

iconoclastic

adjective

attacking the beliefs, customs, and opinions that most people in a society accept

infidel

noun

an old word used as an insult for someone who has no religious beliefs or who has religious beliefs that are different from yours

liberal

noun

someone who accepts many different opinions or ways of behaving and tends to be sympathetic to other people

masochism

noun

the enjoyment of being in an unpleasant situation

maverick

noun

an independent person who has ideas and behaviour that are very different from other people’s

misfit

noun

someone who does not seem to belong to a group or is not accepted by a group, because of being different in some way

nonconformist

noun

someone who does not think or behave in the usual way

nonconformity

noun

the fact that someone does not think or behave in the usual way

peculiarity

noun

something strange in the way that a person or animal behaves, or in their appearance

troofer

noun

a person who does not believe the accepted explanation of a particular event and who believes that they know the true facts about what happened

truther

noun

a person who does not believe the generally accepted explanation of a particular event and who believes that they know the true facts about what happened

backslider

noun

maverick

adjective

a minority of one

the only person in a group who has a particular opinion or idea

the margins of something

the part of society or an organization that is not considered typical or that does not share its beliefs or values

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