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[dis-i-duh nt] /ˈdɪs ɪ dənt/
a person who dissents.
disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude:
a ban on dissident magazines.
Origin of dissident
1525-35; < Latin dissident- (stem of dissidēns, present participle of dissidēre to sit apart), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -sid- (combining form of sed- repair1) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
dissidently, adverb
antidissident, noun, adjective
nondissident, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • dissident individuals and groups are singled out for criticism by the Politburo.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Hoxha silenced the dissident elements, however, and had most of them expelled from the Party or arrested.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • And after tonight, I wasn't sure that I was in any better shape than a Chinese dissident.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • Moreover, these dissident patterns merge into a remarkably harmonious, almost normal, average curve.

  • About three in the morning, the dissident Armed-Forces have met.

    The French Revolution Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for dissident


disagreeing; dissenting
a person who disagrees, esp one who disagrees with the government
Derived Forms
dissidence, noun
dissidently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dissidēre to be remote from, from dis-1 + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for dissident

1530s, from Latin dissidentem (nominative dissidens), present participle of dissidere "to be remote; disagree, be removed from," literally "to sit apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary).


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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