difference of sentiment or opinion.
disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government.
separation from an established church, especially the Church of England; nonconformity.
1400–50; late Middle English dissenten
(< Middle French dissentir
) < Latin dissentīre,
equivalent to dis- dis-1
dissentingly, adverbnondissenting, adjective, nounundissenting, adjective
Can be confused
disagreement, dissatisfaction, opposition. Dissent, dissidence
mean disagreement with the majority opinion. Dissent
may express either withholding of agreement or open disagreement. Dissidence
formerly much the same as dissent
has come to suggest not only strong dissatisfaction but a determined opposition.