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[dis-i-duh nt] /ˈdɪs ɪ dənt/
a person who dissents.
disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude:
a ban on dissident magazines.
Origin of dissident
1525-35; < Latin dissident- (stem of dissidēns, present participle of dissidēre to sit apart), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -sid- (combining form of sed- sit) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
dissidently, adverb
antidissident, noun, adjective
nondissident, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissident
  • One thing keeping them away is the threat of censorship, and fear of being identified as a dissident.
  • Of course, nobody is forcing those dissident individuals to drink tap water.
  • He was a dissident and a Czech patriot.
  • However, no key ministers have left, and the move has failed to impress dissident regional leaders or opposition supporters.
  • The academy has agreed to a legal settlement with the dissident faculty member.
  • The point was to quiet dissident voices.
  • In the Soviet age, he was to be known as a dissident.
  • Tens of thousands have marched in a funeral for a dissident cleric in Iran.
  • He was arrested in 1967 for his dissident activities and sentenced to three years in prison; the term was later cut in half.
  • Of course, the outsider is more easily tolerated than the dissident insider.
British Dictionary definitions for dissident


disagreeing; dissenting
a person who disagrees, esp one who disagrees with the government
Derived Forms
dissidence, noun
dissidently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dissidēre to be remote from, from dis-1 + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for dissident

1530s, from Latin dissidentem (nominative dissidens), present participle of dissidere "to be remote; disagree, be removed from," literally "to sit apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).


1766, in reference to Protestants, from dissident (adj.). In the political sense first used 1940, coinciding with the rise of 20c. totalitarian systems, especially with reference to the Soviet Union.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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