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.

1630–40; dissent + -er1

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Dissenter (dɪˈsɛntə)
chiefly (Brit) Christianity a Nonconformist or a person who refuses to conform to the established church

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Word Origin & History

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