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dissident

[dis-i-duh nt]
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noun
  1. a person who dissents.
adjective
  1. disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude: a ban on dissident magazines.

Origin of dissident

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 formsdis·si·dent·ly, adverban·ti·dis·si·dent, noun, adjectivenon·dis·si·dent, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dissidents

dissident

adjective
  1. disagreeing; dissenting
noun
  1. a person who disagrees, esp one who disagrees with the government
Derived Formsdissidence, noundissidently, 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).

dissident

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dissidents in Culture

dissidents

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

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