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.
But once on the site, dissidents and activists will be now be able to connect and communicate better than before.
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|Bel Trew|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I'm pleased, and I think it will be an inspiration Xiaobo's wife" and other dissidents around the world.
Less than a month earlier, there was a planned “gathering of dissidents” featuring an assortment of Nazi-envy characters.
Lyell at once set all doubts at rest; the magic of his name silenced the derisive whispers of the dissidents.Charles Darwin|Grant Allen
His patriotic words brought all dissidents over to his side.
Project Forever, as they termed it, has received some support from dissidents, who have not yet been apprehended.Forever|Robert Sheckley
In the Polish diets the dissidents, as they were called, met their opponents with vigour and success.
They came personally in touch with every group of dissidents.Violence and the Labor Movement|Robert Hunter
Word Origin 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).
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.