dis·​sent·​er | \ di-ˈsen-tər How to pronounce dissenter (audio) \

Definition of dissenter

1 : one that dissents
2 capitalized : an English Nonconformist

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Examples of dissenter in a Sentence

a society that prized conformity very highly and treated dissenters of any kind very harshly
Recent Examples on the Web The dissenter, Circuit Judge G. Steven Agee, said a state’s waiver of sovereign immunity must be knowing and voluntary, and CRREA — which predates the Affordable Care Act, and never mentions it — fails to provide the requisite notice. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 The lone dissenter was member Christina Delmont-Small, who voted no on all budget motions. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, 27 May 2021 The lone dissenter was Thomas R. Lee, the associate chief justice. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2021 Alito was a dissenter in the two earlier cases, as well. The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 In the 2016 Presidential election, Rufo had cast a dissenter’s vote for Gary Johnson. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 18 June 2021 So, on Monday morning, the board rushed through its approval by a 3-1 vote, with Roberto Treviño the lone dissenter and Adriana Rocha Garcia abstaining. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2021 Fox fans seem thrilled. Juan Williams, the lone dissenter on the conservative program, is stepping down from his co-host spot. Brian Stelter, CNN, 26 May 2021 Alito was a dissenter in the two earlier cases in 2012 and 2015, as well. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of dissenter

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dissenter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissenter. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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