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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.
1525-35; < Latin dissident- (stem of dissidēns, present participle of dissidēre to sit apart), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + -sid- (combining form of sed- sit) + -ent- -ent
Related forms
dissidently, adverb
antidissident, noun, adjective
nondissident, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples for dissident
  • One thing keeping them away is the threat of censorship, and fear of being identified as a dissident.
  • Of course, nobody is forcing those dissident individuals to drink tap water.
  • He was a dissident and a Czech patriot.
  • However, no key ministers have left, and the move has failed to impress dissident regional leaders or opposition supporters.
  • The academy has agreed to a legal settlement with the dissident faculty member.
  • The point was to quiet dissident voices.
  • In the Soviet age, he was to be known as a dissident.
  • Tens of thousands have marched in a funeral for a dissident cleric in Iran.
  • He was arrested in 1967 for his dissident activities and sentenced to three years in prison; the term was later cut in half.
  • Of course, the outsider is more easily tolerated than the dissident insider.
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 L. dissidentem (nom. dissidens), prp. of dissidere "to be remote, disagree, be removed from," lit. "to sit apart," from dis- "apart" + sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). The noun in the political sense first used 1940, with rise of totalitarian systems, especially with ref. to the Soviet Union. The noun is first recorded 1766, in allusion to Protestants.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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