verb (used without object)
to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree (often followed by from ): Two of the justices dissented from the majority decision.
to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take an opposing view.
to disagree with or reject the doctrines or authority of an established church.
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 + sentīre to feel

dissentingly, adverb
nondissenting, adjective, noun
undissenting, adjective

decent, descent, dissent.

4, 6. 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.
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dissent (dɪˈsɛnt)
1.  to have a disagreement or withhold assent
2.  Christianity to refuse to conform to the doctrines, beliefs, or practices of an established church, and to adhere to a different system of beliefs and practices
3.  a difference of opinion
4.  Christianity separation from an established church; Nonconformism
5.  the voicing of a minority opinion in announcing the decision on a case at law; dissenting judgment
[C16: from Latin dissentīre to disagree, from dis-1 + sentīre to perceive, feel]

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., Scottish, from L. dissentire "differ in sentiments," from dis- "differently" + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense).
"Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime." [Jacob Bronowski]
Related: Dissented; dissenting.
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Example sentences
Suppressing dissent is an authoritarian action worthy of a dictatorship .
That's the fuel for the engine of dissent.
In politics, for example, it is easy to see the progress of dissent.
You say dissent, I say intolerance and egoism.
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