Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who dissents.
  • noun 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 The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or one who declares his disagreement.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Synonyms Nonconformist, etc. See heretic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or declares his disagreement.
  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a person who dissents from some established policy

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Examples

  • 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.

    the calling

  • 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.

    10 posts from December 2009

  • 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.”

    The Men Who Made England

  • 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.

    the calling

  • 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.”

    The Men Who Made England

  • DOPPER A dissenter from the Dutch Reformed Church, but generally applied to Dutchmen in South Africa.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • DOPPER A dissenter from the Dutch Reformed Church, but generally applied to Dutchmen in South Africa.

    The Judgment House

  • 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."

    The Emancipation of Massachusetts

  • 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.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • That doesn't mean the dissenter is the best presidential candidate.

    Obama On Hillary's Entry Into Race: "I Welcome Her"

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