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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissentnoun

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

    "he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"

  2. dissentnoun

    a difference of opinion

  3. protest, objection, dissentverb

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

  4. dissentverb

    withhold assent

    "Several Republicans dissented"

  5. protest, resist, dissentverb

    express opposition through action or words

    "dissent to the laws of the country"

  6. disagree, differ, dissent, take issueverb

    be of different opinions

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


  1. dissentnoun

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

  2. dissentnoun

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

  3. dissentnoun

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

  4. dissentverb

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

  5. dissentverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissentverb

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

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

  2. Dissentverb

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

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

  3. Dissentverb

    to differ; to be of a contrary nature

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

  4. Dissentnoun

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

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

  5. Dissentnoun

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

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

  6. Dissentnoun

    contrariety of nature; diversity in quality

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of dissent in a Sentence

  1. Josef Benedict:

    A travel ban on critics will mark a dangerous escalation in the government’s ongoing crackdown on dissent, the right to freedom of speech is a key human right which the Malaysian people deserve to enjoy just like any other people.

  2. Samuel Stretton:

    This was his way of misguided political dissent, he accepts the responsibility.

  3. 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.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    The Conservative Party that I have served has always had room for a wide range of opinions and has been tolerant of measured dissent.

  5. Jared Kushner:

    You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads to try to sow dissent and do it, and it's a terrible thing. But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that's happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads.

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

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