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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who dissents: political dissenters.
  • n. One who refuses to accept the doctrines or usages of an established or a national church, especially a Protestant who dissents from the Church of England.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who dissents (disagrees), especially from an established church

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or declares his disagreement.
  • n. One who separates from the service and worship of an established church; especially, one who disputes the authority or tenets of the Church of England; a nonconformist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or one who declares his disagreement.
  • n. Specifically Eccles., one who refuses to accept the authority or doctrines, or conform to the ritual or usages, of an established church; a nonconformist: specifically applied in England to those who, while they agree with the Church of England (which is Episcopal) in many essential doctrines, differ from it on questions of church government, relation to the state, and rites and ceremonies.
  • n. Synonyms Nonconformist, etc. See heretic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who dissents from some established policy

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