Share this entry
dissident Line breaks: dis¦si|dent
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪsɪd(ə)nt/

Definition of dissident in English:


A person who opposes official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state: a dissident who had been jailed by a military regime
More example sentences
  • 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.
freethinker, nonconformist, independent thinker;
informal refusenik


Back to top  
In opposition to official policy: the measure was supported by dissident Tories
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with dissident

Definition of dissident in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources