[ dih-sent ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

  2. to disagree with the methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government; take an opposing view.

  1. to disagree with or reject the doctrines or authority of an established church.

  1. difference of sentiment or opinion.

  1. disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government.

  2. separation from an established church, especially the Church of England; nonconformity.

Origin of dissent

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English dissenten, from Middle French dissentir, from Latin dissentīre, from dis- dis-1 + sentīre “to feel”

synonym study For dissent

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.

Other words for dissent

Other words from dissent

  • dis·sent·ing·ly, adverb
  • non·dis·sent·ing, adjective, noun
  • un·dis·sent·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with dissent

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How to use dissent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dissent


/ (dɪˈsɛnt) /

  1. to have a disagreement or withhold assent

  2. 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

  1. a difference of opinion

  2. Christianity separation from an established church; Nonconformism

  1. the voicing of a minority opinion in announcing the decision on a case at law; dissenting judgment

Origin of dissent

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

Derived forms of dissent

  • dissenter, noun
  • dissenting, adjective
  • dissentingly, adverb

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