[ dis-i-duh nt ]
/ ˈdɪs ɪ dənt /


a person who dissents.


disagreeing or dissenting, as in opinion or attitude: a ban on dissident magazines.

Nearby words

  1. dissertation,
  2. disserve,
  3. disservice,
  4. dissever,
  5. dissidence,
  6. dissidently,
  7. dissidents,
  8. dissilient,
  9. dissimilar,
  10. dissimilarity

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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British Dictionary definitions for dissidents


/ (ˈdɪsɪdənt) /


disagreeing; dissenting


a person who disagrees, esp one who disagrees with the government
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 dissidents
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Culture definitions for dissidents


Persons who refuse to conform to prevailing political and social values.

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