American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. The word appears to have come into use in the seventeenth century as synonymous with nonconformist, although its equivalent may be said to have existed in Poland in the name dissident, a term which first appears in the acts of the Warsaw Confederation of 1573, and there denotes a Polish Protestant, in contradistinction to a member of the established Catholic Church. The name dissenter is not ordinarily given to the Episcopalians in Scotland, though they dissent from the Established Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian.
- n. Synonyms Nonconformist, etc. See heretic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or declares his disagreement.
- n. (Eccl.) 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.
- n. a person who dissents from some established policy
“The struggle of the dissenter is to find a tongue in which to speak: a vernacular that is, as the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England so quaintly yet memorably put it, one “understanded of the people.””
“Every dissenter is going to use the "ya-but" defense, in most cases saying that this time it's different, but let's face it - life is change, life requires change, and life relishes change.”
“DOPPER A dissenter from the Dutch Reformed Church, but generally applied to Dutchmen in South Africa.”
“Mr. Gold, the Congregationalist minister of Stratford, whom he called a dissenter, had said of him "that he was a thief, and robber of churches, and had no business in the place; that his church doors stood open to all mischief and wickedness, and other words of like import.”
“It is very rare indeed to hear of a dissenter from the church of England who is guilty of swearing, but among those who glory in their being of the established church nothing is more common; and indeed the most execrable oaths and curses now daily wound the ears and hearts of all serious Christians.”
“That doesn't mean the dissenter is the best presidential candidate.”
“To regard someone who is maintaining samaya within the Shambhala lineage as a dissenter is a mistaken view.”
“He sued in Canada, exercising his so-called dissenter's rights to seek a higher price from a court.”
“Another objection was that one member had seceded from the Philanthropic Society and could not be called a dissenter from the Dialectic.”
“He published a treatise in which he maintained that a marriage between a member of the Church of England and a dissenter was a nullity, and that the couple were, in the sight of heaven, guilty of adultery.”
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