What does dissent mean?

Definitions for dissentdɪˈsɛnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dissent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissent(noun)

    (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority

    "he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"

  2. dissent(noun)

    a difference of opinion

  3. protest, objection, dissent(verb)

    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

  4. dissent(verb)

    withhold assent

    "Several Republicans dissented"

  5. protest, resist, dissent(verb)

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  6. disagree, differ, dissent, take issue(verb)

    be of different opinions

    "I beg to differ!"; "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"


  1. dissent(Noun)

    Disagreement with the ideas, doctrines, decrees, etc. of a political party, government or religion.

  2. dissent(Noun)

    An act of disagreeing with, or deviating from, the views and opinions of those holding authority.

  3. dissent(Noun)

    A separate opinion filed in a case by judges who disagree with the outcome of the majority of the court in that case

  4. dissent(Verb)

    To disagree; to withhold assent. Construed with from (or, formerly, to).

  5. dissent(Verb)

    To differ from, especially in opinion, beliefs, etc.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissent(verb)

    to differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; -- followed by from

  2. Dissent(verb)

    to differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government

  3. Dissent(verb)

    to differ; to be of a contrary nature

  4. Dissent(noun)

    the act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement

  5. Dissent(noun)

    separation from an established church, especially that of England; nonconformity

  6. Dissent(noun)

    contrariety of nature; diversity in quality

  7. Origin: [L. dissentire, dissentum; dis- + sentire to feel, think. See Sense.]


  1. Dissent

    Dissent is a sentiment or philosophy of non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea or an entity. The term's antonyms include agreement, consensus and consent, when one party agrees to a proposition made by another. In some political systems, dissent may be formally expressed by way of opposition politics, while politically repressive regimes may prohibit any form of dissent, leading to suppression of dissent and the encouragement of social or political activism. Individuals who do not conform or support the policies of certain states are as "dissidents". Several thinkers have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent. In a well-known letter to Arnold Ruge in 1843, Karl Marx wrote: "if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissent

    dis-sent′, v.i. to think differently: to disagree in opinion: to differ (with from).—n. the act of dissenting: difference of opinion: a protest by a minority: a differing or separation from an established church.—ns. Dissen′sion, disagreement in opinion: discord: strife; Dissent′er, one who separates on conscientious grounds from the service and worship of an established church: a nonconformist; Dissent′erage, condition of dissenters; Dissent′erism (rare).—adj. Dissen′tient, declaring dissent: disagreeing.—n. one who disagrees: one who declares his dissent.—p.adj. Dissent′ing.—adv. Dissent′ingly.—adj. Dissen′tious (Shak.), disposed to discord, contentious. [Fr.,—L. dissentīre, dissensumdis, apart from, sentīre, to think.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissent in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Justice Roy Moore:

    If it's an unlawful mandate you can refuse to mandate it. You can dissent to the United States Supreme Court.

  2. J. W. Fulbright:

    In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.

  3. The President:

    When people are oppressed and human rights are denied, particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines, when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

  5. James Russell Lowell:

    We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.'

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • معارArabic
  • разногласие, несъгласие, не се съгласявам, разколBulgarian
  • dissentierenGerman
  • αντίρρησηGreek
  • disentir, discrepar, disensiónSpanish
  • olla eri mieltä, toisinajatteluFinnish
  • mì-chòrd, eas-aontaScottish Gaelic
  • discrepare, disconvenire, dissentire, divergereItalian
  • van mening verschillen, afwijking van meningDutch
  • dissentir, discordarPortuguese
  • несогласие, раскол, разногласие, расходиться, инакомыслие, воRussian
  • 异议Chinese

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