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dissenter

[dih-sen-ter] /dɪˈsɛn tər/
noun
1.
a person who dissents, as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an English Protestant who dissents from the Church of England.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; dissent + -er1
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  • The few dissenters get lots of attention, but it's always the same old names.
  • It brutally kept out dissenters, that is people with real solid arguments.
  • Beware of a candidate or a party who jumps in feet first and dismisses dissenters with a label.
  • Once dissenters are stomped upon for the mere act of dissent, non-experts are likely to start asking questions.
  • But in spite of the absence of definite organization, there was essential unity of belief among the dissenters.
  • The admission of dissenters into the universities considered.
  • But there are dissenters who reckon that this is the wrong conclusion.
  • Now some dissenters even doubt the reform movement's guiding principles of accountability and choice.
  • If they are lucky, dissenters are invited to tea with local intelligence officers.
  • At present, the authorities seem keener to intimidate would-be dissenters rather than imprison hundreds of them.
British Dictionary definitions for dissenters

Dissenter

/dɪˈsɛntə/
noun
1.
(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 dissenters

dissenter

n.

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

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