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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Synonyms & Antonyms for dissenter


dissentient, dissident, heresiarch, heretic, nonconformist


conformer, conformist

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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

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The state justices’ dissenting opinions rarely contain the ideological fervor commonly shown by dissenters on the U.S. Supreme Court. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "How California’s voters may have saved Trump from releasing his taxes," 27 Aug. 2019 About 250 candle-holding dissenters in St. Paul on Friday joined a worldwide protest of treatment of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexican border. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "St. Paul candlelight protesters angry about treatment of immigrant families," 12 July 2019 Every avenue of protest has effectively been criminalised and once again just as Robert Mugabe did, there is an attempt to abduct, torture and criminalize dissenters. Evan Mawarire, Time, "Violence in Zimbabwe Is Escalating. But We Won't Stop Fighting for Our Freedoms," 23 Aug. 2019 Undocumented immigrants and political dissenters are quietly sent to concentration camps to die of disease. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "How HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ triumphed at personalizing a global sense of doom," 30 July 2019 His online network — according to human rights monitors and online cybersecurity experts — has included Saudi computer sleuths and hackers poised to go after government critics and dissenters at home and abroad. NBC News, "U.S. citizens and other Westerners caught up in Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown on dissenters," 29 July 2019 Last year, both the majority and dissenters had cause to consider Korematsu in Trump v. Hawaii (pdf). Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent," 20 June 2019 However, dissenters worry about one nationality—especially India—monopolising the green card numbers and compromising on diversity. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The US gets one step closer to a law that could help Indians get green cards faster," 11 July 2019 Should religious dissenters necessarily respond to such mandates by lawyering up, or is there sometimes a case for civil disobedience? Barton Swaim, WSJ, "The Turnabout on Religious Freedom," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of dissenter

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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