verb (used without object)

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.


Origin of dissent

1400–50; late Middle English dissenten (< Middle French dissentir) < Latin dissentīre, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + sentīre to feel
Related formsdis·sent·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·sent·ing, adjective, nounun·dis·sent·ing, adjective
Can be confuseddecent descent dissent

Synonyms for dissent

Synonym study

4, 6. Dissent, dissidence mean disagreement with the majority opinion. Dissent may express either withholding of agreement or open disagreement. Dissidence, formerly much the same as dissent, has come to suggest not only strong dissatisfaction but a determined opposition.
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Examples from the Web for dissented

Contemporary Examples of dissented

Historical Examples of dissented

  • "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.

  • "No, we travelled alone," said one of the men, but the other dissented.


    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for dissented


verb (intr)

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
Derived Formsdissenter, noundissenting, adjectivedissentingly, adverb

Word Origin for dissent

C16: from Latin dissentīre to disagree, from dis- 1 + sentīre to perceive, feel
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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]
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