dissenter

noun

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

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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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 22 Jul. 2024.

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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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