Definition of dissent in English:


Syllabification: dis·sent
Pronunciation: /diˈsent


[no object]
  • 1Hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed: two members dissented from the majority (as adjective dissenting) there were only a couple of dissenting voices
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    • Seven judges expressed a separate opinion, while two dissented from the majority.
    • He tangled with other cardinals and disciplined church officials who dissented from official church policy.
    • Not one Supreme Court justice dissented from the Moyer opinion, which was drafted by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.
  • 1.1Separate from an established or orthodox church because of doctrinal disagreement.
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    • Along the way, Fraser reminds us, various sects dissented and established parochial schools.
    • That is, we dissented from somebody else's religion, and we paid the price for it.
    • Baptists dissented from a state religion that claimed the right to determine what should be believed and how belief should be practiced.
    differ, disagree, demur, fail to agree, be at variance/odds, take issue; decline/refuse to support, protest, object, dispute, challenge, quibble


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  • 1The expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held: there was no dissent from this view
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    • I have continually argued for France's right to express its dissent from the opinion of the international community.
    • It is at delicate moments in world affairs, such as this, that expressions of widespread dissent from opinion-formers can become a real political force.
    • He pointed out that it was easy to exaggerate the importance of Australian expressions of dissent from Allied plans, and Curtin's messages.
    disagreement, difference of opinion, argument, dispute; disapproval, objection, protest, opposition, defiance; conflict, friction, strife, infighting
  • 1.1 (also Dissent) Refusal to accept the doctrines of an established or orthodox church; Nonconformity.
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    • It called for a new crackdown on doctrinal dissent, and recommended a papal investigation of American seminaries, the subtext of which was to blame gays.
    • That kind of perspective teaches me the need to respect dissent, nonconformity, and liberty of conscience as priority Baptist values.
    • Historians sometimes make the mistake of thinking that early modern religious dissent argues secularization.


late Middle English: from Latin dissentire 'differ in sentiment'.

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