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 Kavanaugh was a dissenter in that case, in which Roberts was joined by the court’s liberals. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court orders reinstatement of witness requirement for mail-in ballots in South Carolina," 6 Oct. 2020 Supervisor Catherine Stefani was the lone dissenter. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "S.F. Supervisors pass budget that closes $1.5 billion deficit — for now," 22 Sep. 2020 Ginsburg was a reluctant dissenter, concerned about the moral weight of a decision when the court did not speak in a single voice. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | NANCY GERTNER: Ginsburg a true inspiration," 20 Sep. 2020 The vote was 6-1, with Travis Hoban the lone dissenter. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Provo City Council approves masks mandate, overriding mayor’s veto," 28 Aug. 2020 Pratt also noted even the lone dissenter in the Plessy case, Justice John Marshall Harlan, harbored bigotries of his own. Bryn Stole | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "As Confederate monuments come down, statues of Louisiana's E.D. White may be on the move," 22 Aug. 2020 The only dissenter was the State Bar’s representative, San Francisco attorney Maxwell Pritt. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "California judicial leaders vote to allow tenant eviction hearings to resume Sept. 2," 13 Aug. 2020 Board member Steve Dockman was the lone dissenter when the 4-1 vote was taken to accept Wheeler's reopening plan. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea City Schools will reopen with remote learning only," 6 Aug. 2020 Delmont-Small was also the only dissenter in the mid-July vote to move to a virtual model through January. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County school board approves fall reopening plan, will send to state Department of Education for review," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dissenter

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Oct 2020

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“Dissenter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissenter. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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