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dissident

[dis-i-duh nt] /ˈdɪs ɪ dənt/
noun
1.
a person who dissents.
adjective
2.
disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude:
a ban on dissident magazines.
Origin of dissident
1525-1535
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
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dissident

/ˈdɪsɪdənt/
adjective
1.
disagreeing; dissenting
noun
2.
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 dissidents

dissident

adj.

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).

n.

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.

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dissidents in Culture

dissidents definition


Persons who refuse to conform to prevailing political and social values.

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