What does dissident mean?

Definitions for dissident
ˈdɪs ɪ dəntdis·si·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissenter, dissident, protester, objector, contestantadjective

    a person who dissents from some established policy

  2. dissident, heretical, heterodoxadjective

    characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards

  3. dissentient, dissenting(a), dissidentadjective

    disagreeing, especially with a majority


  1. dissidentnoun

    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. dissidentnoun

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

  3. dissidentadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissidentadjective

    no agreeing; dissenting; discordant; different

  2. Dissidentnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [L. dissidens, -entis, p. pr. of dissidere to sit apart, to disagree; dis- + sedere to sit: cf. F. dissident. See Sit.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissident

    dis′i-dent, adj. dissenting.—n. a dissenter.—n. Diss′idence, disagreement. [L. dissidens, -entis, pr.p. of dissidēredis, apart, sedēre, to sit.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissident in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissident in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dissident in a Sentence

  1. Ireland Minister Theresa Villiers:

    Dissident republicans remain a severe threat and at any given time a terrorist attack from them is highly likely.

  2. Václav Havel:

    You do not become a dissident just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society.

  3. Reverend Grigory Mikhnov-Vaytenko:

    I was born and grew up in a dissident family.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    The regime has launched these baseless allegations against her in an attempt to distract the international community from its abysmal treatment of the Cuban people, especially the ongoing arbitrary detention of dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer.

  5. Simon Byrne:

    The minute we go into that area in a way that looks like checkpoints, or supporting other agencies to staff checkpoints, we become a target for those dissident Republicans.

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