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dissidence Line breaks: dis¦si|dence
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsɪd(ə)ns/

Definition of dissidence in English:


[mass noun]
Protest against official policy: the decree’s purpose was to suppress the dissidence of the minority tribes in the eastern states
More example sentences
  • It's the difference between protest and dissidence really.
  • The mountains stand as defiant outposts of tradition yet have also always been the homeland of rebellion, dissidence and resistance.
  • One can strip the fifties of its illusive aura of dull conformity without inflating cultural dissidence or generational muscle-flexing into political resistance.
disagreement, dissent, disaccord, discord, discontent, disapproval;
opposition, resistance, protest, insurrection, rebellion, sedition


Mid 17th century: from Latin dissidentia, from dissident- 'sitting apart' (see dissident).

Words that rhyme with dissidence

accidence • precedence

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