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[dih-sen-ter] /dɪˈsɛn tər/
a person who dissents, as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an English Protestant who dissents from the Church of England.
Origin of dissenter
First recorded in 1630-40; dissent + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Persecution of a dissenter is always popular in the group which he has abandoned.


    William Graham Sumner
  • The dissenter, who declined to pay church-rates, was an unsocial person.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • I am a dissenter, and do not wish my boy to subscribe to the school mission.'

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • His mother's a dissenter, it is true, but the principles of that boy is beautiful.

    The Perpetual Curate Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • You may be very thankful, in that respect, that you are not a dissenter.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • “I hope you will find that, dissenter or not, I know what is my duty to my friends,” he said.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  • And do you know he is an Old Believer, or rather a dissenter?

    Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky
British Dictionary definitions for dissenter


(Christianity, mainly Brit) a Nonconformist or a person who refuses to conform to the established church
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for dissenter

1630s, in 17c. especially of religions (with a capital D- from 1670s); agent noun from dissent.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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