Definition of dissident in English:


Syllabification: dis·si·dent
Pronunciation: /ˈdisidənt


  • A person who opposes official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state: a dissident who had been jailed by a military regime
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    • Even Chinese democracy activists and dissidents take the borders of China as an indivisible given.
    • The refugees are trapped between Guinean government forces and those of rebel Guinean dissidents.
    • Only in the metropolis can gays, Jews, women, dissidents, democrats and oddballs feel safe.
    dissenter, objector, protester; rebel, revolutionary, recusant, subversive, agitator, insurgent, insurrectionist, refusenik


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  • In opposition to official policy: there is only one explicitly dissident voice to be heard
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    • Over the subsequent three decades, opposition parties and dissident voices were more in evidence.
    • At the small assemblies, dissident workers were prevented from speaking against the plan.
    • It championed democratic dissident movements behind the Iron Curtain as a challenge to Soviet power.
    dissenting, disagreeing; opposing, objecting, protesting, rebellious, rebelling, revolutionary, recusant, nonconformist, dissentient


mid 16th century (in the sense 'differing in opinion or character'): from Latin dissident- 'sitting apart, disagreeing', from dis- 'apart' + sedere 'sit'.

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