Definition of dissent in English:

dissent

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛnt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The holding or expression of opinions at variance with those 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.
Synonyms
disagreement, lack of agreement, difference of opinion, argument, dispute, demur; disapproval, objection, protest, opposition, defiance, insubordination; conflict, friction, strife; arguing, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering
1.1 (also Dissent) Refusal to accept the doctrines of an established or orthodox Church; nonconformity: rural communities with a long tradition of Dissent
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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.
1.2(In sport) the offence of expressing disagreement with the referee’s decision: he was sent off for dissent
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  • Rotherham did not help their cause when they had a player sent off for dissent after arguing the decision to award a short corner.
  • On the next Lancaster defence one of Bury's players was sent out for dissent to the referee.
  • Showing dissent at umpiring decisions can amount to violation of the conduct code for players.
1.3 [count noun] US A statement by a judge giving reasons as to why he or she disagrees with a decision made by the other judges in a court case: he wasted no time in cranking out nine majority opinions, as well as three dissents
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  • She has written or joined eighty-seven dissents from court decisions she deemed insufficiently activist in scope and character.
  • Simmons-Harris, was of course the most newsworthy aspect of the decision, but the dissents were no less revealing.
  • Thus, over 2 strong dissents, the Court did not permit the misappropriation claim.

verb

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1Hold or express opinions that are at variance with those commonly or officially held: two members dissented from the majority (as adjective dissenting) there were 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.
1.1Disagree with the doctrine of an established or orthodox Church.
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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.
Synonyms
differ, demur, diverge; disagree with, fail to agree with, express disagreement with, be at variance/odds with, argue with, take issue with; decline/refuse to support, not ratify, protest against, object to, dispute, challenge, quibble over; reject, repudiate, renounce, abjure

Origin

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

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