- 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.
- difference of sentiment or opinion.
- dissenting opinion.
- disagreement with the philosophy, methods, goals, etc., of a political party or government.
- separation from an established church, especially the Church of England; nonconformity.
Origin of dissent
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Examples from the Web for dissenting
NEW ORLEANS — John Boehner was reelected House Speaker yesterday by his Republican colleagues despite some dissenting members.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
The only dissenting colleague said, “It reminds me of the head of a pharaoh.”The Cronut Gives Way to the Penis Pretzel
August 7, 2014
When there were dissenting opinions, the plan was to note them in the footnotes.Obama’s Panel on Domestic Spying Abuses Didn’t Pull Its Punches
December 20, 2013
Religious liberty, Jefferson argued, denies the majority any right to coerce a dissenting minority, even one hostile to religion.Thomas Jefferson’s Quran: How Islam Shaped the Founders
September 29, 2013
It Nazifies the Hutus and thwarts all dissenting questions about the violence of the victims.Exchanging Stories of Trauma
August 19, 2013
He had become insensible, however, to all the dissenting ones.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Of the artists the old ladies disapproved, without a dissenting voice.Meadow Grass
Many a good ordained clergyman has been dissenting minister as well.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
“It is a mistake to go on to-night,” he said, with a dissenting gesture.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
To this assertion there were but three dissenting voices, and one dissenting opinion.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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
Word Origin and History for dissenting
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]