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

discordant, dissenting, separatist, protester, rebel, sectarian, nonconformist, heretic, sectary, agitator, dissenter, recusant, heretical, heterodox, unorthodox, schismatic, dissentient, schismatist

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British Dictionary definitions for dissident


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

Word Origin for dissident

C16: from Latin dissidēre to be remote from, from dis- 1 + sedēre to sit
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Word Origin and History for dissident


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).

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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.

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