Another type altogether, forged from a different metal, more businessman than dissident, more cynic than militant?
Instead, Ai is depicted as a complex man leading a complex life, both as an artist and as a dissident.
“They deal with us as if we were their property, and that will never change,” said dissident Wadid Hadad.
1766, in reference to Protestants, from dissident (adj.). In the political sense first used 1940, coinciding with the rise of 20c. totalitarian systems, especially with reference to the Soviet Union.