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[dih-sen-ter] /dɪˈsɛn tər/
a person who dissents, as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an English Protestant who dissents from the Church of England.
Origin of dissenter
1630-40; dissent + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had become such a dissenter that often would he take the wrong side of a question if only for the sake of bucking.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • I am a dissenter, and do not wish my boy to subscribe to the school mission.'

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • The beauty of Italy is so proper and Church of England that you are looked upon as a dissenter if you do not rhapsodize about it.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • His mother's a dissenter, it is true, but the principles of that boy is beautiful.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • The Whig was determined to force the oath upon the parson; the Tory was resolved to force the test upon the dissenter.

    William the Third H. D. Traill
  • And do you know he is an Old Believer, or rather a dissenter?

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The squire was interested in the land and the church; the merchant thought more of commerce and was apt to be a dissenter.

British Dictionary definitions for dissenter


(Christianity, mainly Brit) a Nonconformist or a person who refuses to conform to the established church
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Word Origin and History for dissenter

1630s, in 17c. especially of religions (with a capital D- from 1670s); agent noun from dissent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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