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  • n. Plural form of dissentient.


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  • One of the more depressing aspects of this is the "news management" of the story by the BBC, who delightedly showed the Blairesque General Synod Claque (with a few principled dissentients) applauding this loose-tongued Archbishop.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • BITTERMANN: And experts say the outburst of violence, once again, demonstrated how tense the suburbs remain over housing and unemployment among the dissentients of immigrants, the same two issues as two years ago.

    CNN Transcript Nov 27, 2007

  • The ideas of treaties and contracts with exterior administrations and of any diplomatic dealings with dissentients were abandoned.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • If we are to have any Utopia at all, we must have a clear common purpose, and a great and steadfast movement of will to override all these incurably egotistical dissentients.

    A Modern Utopia

  • When there are persons to be found, who form an exception to the apparent unanimity of the world on any subject, even if the world is in the right, it is always probable that dissentients have something worth hearing to say for themselves, and that truth would lose something by their silence.

    On Liberty

  • Instead of being, as at first, constantly on the alert either to defend themselves against the world, or to bring the world over to them, they have subsided into acquiescence, and neither listen, when they can help it, to arguments against their creed, nor trouble dissentients (if there be such) with arguments in its favor.

    On Liberty

  • And thus is kept up a state of things very satisfactory to some minds, because, without the unpleasant process of fining or imprisoning anybody, it maintains all prevailing opinions outwardly undisturbed, while it does not absolutely interdict the exercise of reason by dissentients afflicted with the malady of thought.

    On Liberty

  • It is accordingly on this battle-field, almost solely, that the rights of the individual against society have been asserted on broad grounds of principle, and the claim of society to exercise authority over dissentients openly controverted.

    On Liberty

  • There were only four dissentients, the three dogs and the cat, who was afterwards discovered to have voted on both sides.

    Animal Farm

  • They believed that it imposed an unreasonable burden and according to the dissentients was, therefore, void.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921


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