Definitions for dissidentˈdɪs ɪ dənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•si•dentˈdɪs ɪ dənt(n.)

  1. a person who dissents.

  2. (adj.)disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude.

Origin of dissident:

1525–35; < L dissident-, s. of dissidēns, prp. of dissidēre to sit apart, disagree =dis-dis -1+-sidēre, comb. form of sedēre to sit


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissenter, dissident, protester, objector, contestant(adj)

    a person who dissents from some established policy

  2. dissident, heretical, heterodox(adj)

    characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

  3. dissentient, dissenting(a), dissident(adj)

    disagreeing, especially with a majority

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dissident(noun)ˈdɪs ɪ dənt

    sb who publicly opposes a government


  1. dissident(Noun)

    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.

  2. dissident(Noun)

    One who disagrees or dissents; one who separates from the established religion.

  3. dissident(Adjective)

    In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.

  4. Origin: dissidens, -entis, present participle of dissidere to sit apart, to disagree; dis- + sedere to sit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissident(adj)

    no agreeing; dissenting; discordant; different

  2. Dissident(noun)

    one who disagrees or dissents; one who separates from the established religion


  1. Dissident

    A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution. When dissidents unite for a common cause they often effect a dissident movement. The noun was first used in the political sense in 1940, with the rise of such totalitarian systems as the Soviet Union.

Translations for dissident

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a person) disagreeing, especially with a ruling group or form of government

a demonstration by a large number of dissidents.

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