Learn English – a single, fairly sophisticated word that describes one’s desire to be unique

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Or honestly, desire to be any particular trait, specifically one trait (ex. Wanderlust: the desire to travel and experience the world.) I'm not looking for any sort of contextual consistency here. Just wondering! Reverse look ups are hard.

Best Answer

a non-conformist is someone who doesn't conform to typical social norms. This is often reflected in dress style. It can be reflected in other behaviours as well.

The term can be used as a literal descriptor ('That person is a bit of a non-conformist'), or a description reflecting one's desires ('I got all these piercings to show society what a non-conformist I am').