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

  • adj. Disagreeing, as in opinion or belief.
  • n. One who disagrees; a dissenter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.
  • n. A person who formally opposes the current political structure, opposes the political group in power, opposes the policies of the political group in power, or opposes current laws.
  • n. One who disagrees or dissents; one who separates from the established religion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. No agreeing; dissenting; discordant; different.
  • n. One who disagrees or dissents; one who separates from the established religion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Different; at variance.
  • Dissenting; not conforming; specifically, dissenting from an established church.
  • n. One who differs or dissents from others in regard to anything; especially, an opponent of or dissenter from a prevailing opinion, method, etc.
  • n. Specifically— A dissenter; one who separates from an established religion.
  • n. Especially— Under the old elective monarchy of Poland, when the established church was Roman Catholic, a Lutheran, Calvinist, Arminian, or adherent of the Greek Church, who was allowed the free exercise of his faith.

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

  • adj. disagreeing, especially with a majority
  • n. a person who dissents from some established policy
  • adj. characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards


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

Latin dissidēns, dissident-, present participle of dissidēre, to disagree : dis-, apart; see dis- + sedēre, to sit; see sed- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin dissidens, -entis, present participle of dissidere ("to sit apart, to disagree"); dis- + sedere to sit.


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