- a person who dissents.
- disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude: a ban on dissident magazines.
Origin of dissident
Examples from the Web for dissidents
Two years later, he had released all Soviet dissidents from prison and was beginning to loosen the reins on Soviet bloc countries.How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin
November 9, 2014
But once on the site, dissidents and activists will be now be able to connect and communicate better than before.New Web Platform Crowdsources Human Rights
July 10, 2014
President Sisi, already infamous for his crackdowns on dissidents and the press, is now going after the LGBT community.Al-Sisi’s Egypt Is Worse For Gays Than The Muslim Brotherhood
June 28, 2014
"I'm pleased, and I think it will be an inspiration Xiaobo's wife" and other dissidents around the world.Congress Trolls China With a Street Name
June 24, 2014
Less than a month earlier, there was a planned “gathering of dissidents” featuring an assortment of Nazi-envy characters.Fascism Is Fashionable Again in Europe
June 8, 2014
Everybody knew just where the dissidents had built their homes.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
They came personally in touch with every group of dissidents.Violence and the Labor Movement
His patriotic words brought all dissidents over to his side.
Whether these dissidents were in a majority or not it seemed impossible to say.A Librarian's Open Shelf
Arthur E. Bostwick
After the accession of Stanislaus Poniatowsky to the throne in 1766, the dissidents attempted to regain their former rights.Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations
Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
- disagreeing; dissenting
- a person who disagrees, esp one who disagrees with the government
Word Origin and History for dissidents
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.
Persons who refuse to conform to prevailing political and social values.