- 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 dissented
The member of the three-judge panel who dissented from the majority decision, Terence T. Evans, “was right,” Judge Posner said.A Judge Sees the Light on ‘Voter Fraud’ Laws
October 22, 2013
If you dissented from those common assumptions, you found yourself in a pretty marginal place.The "Media Bias" Dead End
November 10, 2012
The three women of the court, along with Justice Stephen Breyer, dissented.Walmart Decision's Devastating Consequences for Women
Marcia D. Greenberger
June 22, 2011
While in the state Assembly, she dissented so often that a 41-to-1 vote was presumed to be “41-to-Angle.”Women Rule Primary Night
June 9, 2010
"There is no of course in it, when men are the actors," dissented Mrs. Jenkins.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I had been pressing her to do something—a mere trifle—to which she dissented.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
From this judgment Lord Roberts (p. 260) dissented vigorously.Story of the War in South Africa
Captain A. T. Mahan, U.S.N.
"Let's get warm by tumbling the things off the wagon," dissented Prescott.The Grammar School Boys Snowbound
H. Irving Hancock
"No, we travelled alone," said one of the men, but the other dissented.Fantmas
- 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 dissented
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]