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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
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  • Rose begins delicately to expose the dissenter and his opponents.
  • The corporation must then pay each dissenter the amount the corporation estimates to be the fair value of his or her shares.
  • The following are excerpts from the report of the lone dissenter on the panel, a former prosecutor and state legislator.
  • The amount at stake for each individual dissenter does not does not diminish this concern.
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.

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