adjective dis·si·dent \-dənt\

Definition of DISSIDENT

:  disagreeing especially with an established religious or political system, organization, or belief
dissident noun

Examples of DISSIDENT

  1. <dissident elements within the Catholic Church>


Latin dissident-, dissidens, present participle of dissidēre to sit apart, disagree, from dis- + sedēre to sit — more at sit
First Known Use: 1769

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism


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