- 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.
- to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take an opposing view.
- to disagree with or reject the doctrines or authority of an established church.
- difference of sentiment or opinion.
- dissenting opinion.
- disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government.
- separation from an established church, especially the Church of England; nonconformity.
Origin of dissent
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Examples from the Web for dissent
In other words, fluoride is a broad-spectrum, bipartisan, long-lasting magnet for dissent.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
As noted by Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey in dissent, this is an outrageous position.All The Wrong Reasons to Ban Gay Unions
November 7, 2014
Racial mistrust, military tactics against citizens, dissent quashed.Ferguson Shows a Nation at War With Itself
Roland S. Martin
August 16, 2014
But as Justice Ginsberg pointed out in dissent, their causal nexus is so thin as to be basically nonexistent.Why Hobby Lobby Will Be Bad for Conservatives
June 30, 2014
In her dissent, Justice Ginsburg bristles at the majority's "decision of startling breadth."In Hobby Lobby Ruling, a Court So Wrong in So Many Ways
June 30, 2014
Graham fell in with the scheme without a murmur of dubiety or dissent.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
A murmur of dissent from the others drove him back into shy silence.The Incomplete Amorist
And to the class of opposites belong assent and dissent, desire and avoidance.The Republic
And why, I said, do you neither assent nor dissent, Protagoras?Protagoras
Roma withdrew her hand from the hand of the Pope and made an exclamation of dissent.The Eternal City
- to have a disagreement or withhold assent
- 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
- a difference of opinion
- Christianity separation from an established church; Nonconformism
- the voicing of a minority opinion in announcing the decision on a case at law; dissenting judgment
Word Origin and History for dissent
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]