Definitions for dissentdɪˈsɛnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to differ in sentiment or opinion, esp. from the majority (often fol. by from).

  2. to reject the doctrines or authority of an established church.

    Category: Religion

  3. (n.)difference of sentiment or opinion.

  4. separation from an established church, esp. the Church of England; nonconformity.

    Category: Religion

Origin of dissent:

1400–50; late ME (< MF dissentir) < L dissentīre=dis-dis -1+sentīre to feel


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dissent(noun)ɪˈsɛnt

    public opposition to an official organization

    dissent within the main political parties


  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


  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".

Anagrams of dissent

  1. snidest

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There was a murmur of dissent.

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