dissenter

noun

dis·​sent·​er di-ˈsen-tər How to pronounce dissenter (audio)
1
: one that dissents
2
capitalized : an English Nonconformist

Example Sentences

a society that prized conformity very highly and treated dissenters of any kind very harshly
Recent Examples on the Web Taking a pseudo-Pan-Africanist turn, the film puts Nanisca in the role of dissenter. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 The council voted 10 to 1 in favor of the ordinance last month, with Bonin as the lone dissenter. Landon Mion, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 Griffin, the only dissenter, called his vote in from Washington, where he had just been sentenced to 14 days in jail - time served - for his role in the Capitol attack. Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 Griffin, the only dissenter, called his vote in from Washington, where he had just been sentenced to 14 days in jail — time served — for his role in the Capitol attack. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2022 The Skokie Village Board approved the plan with a 5-1 vote, with Trustee James Johnson the lone dissenter. Elena Ferrarin, Chicago Tribune, 27 Sep. 2022 The last justice on the ballot is Caleb Stegall, the dissenter in the case, an appointee of conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback. John Hanna, ajc, 10 Sep. 2022 The lead dissenter was Byron White, a Democratic appointee. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Earlier this year, when the Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 to allow the release of records from the Trump White House related to Jan. 6, Justice Thomas was the sole dissenter. New York Times, 20 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dissenter was in 1639

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“Dissenter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissenter. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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dissenter

noun
dis·​sent·​er dis-ˈent-ər How to pronounce dissenter (audio)
1
: one that dissents
2
capitalized : an English Protestant who is not in agreement with the rules or beliefs of the Church of England

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