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dissent

[dih-sent] /dɪˈsɛnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
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.
2.
to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take an opposing view.
3.
to disagree with or reject the doctrines or authority of an established church.
noun
4.
difference of sentiment or opinion.
6.
disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government.
7.
separation from an established church, especially the Church of England; nonconformity.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English dissenten (< Middle French dissentir) < Latin dissentīre, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + sentīre to feel
Related forms
dissentingly, adverb
nondissenting, adjective, noun
undissenting, adjective
Can be confused
decent, descent, dissent.
Synonyms
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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Examples from the web for dissenting
  • One dissenting voice against general scientific consensus.
  • History has many examples of the lonely dissenting voice proven correct in the long run.
  • Instead they listened to two dissenting voices in the department.
  • The dissenting scientists worked mostly with one nontoxic strain.
  • They make their claims with such certainty and conviction that there is no room left for a dissenting thought.
  • Two answers have emerged in the past century or so--a majority answer and a dissenting opinion.
  • Maybe you should read the opinions of the dissenting scientists from those studies.
  • It only points out your inability to cope with dissenting viewpoints.
  • His desire was to have no dissenting or even alternative voices on his watch.
  • The faction that won these debates promoted its own version of the history of the times and suppressed dissenting voices.
British Dictionary definitions for dissenting

dissent

/dɪˈsɛnt/
verb (intransitive)
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
noun
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
Derived Forms
dissenter, noun
dissenting, adjective
dissentingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dissentīre to disagree, from dis-1 + sentīre to perceive, feel
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Word Origin and History for dissenting

dissent

v.

early 15c., from Latin dissentire "differ in sentiments, disagree, be at odds, contradict, quarrel," from dis- "differently" (see dis-) + sentire "to feel, think" (see sense (n.)). Related: Dissented; dissenting. The noun is 1580s, from the verb.

Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime. [Jacob Bronowski "Science and Human Values," 1956]

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