dis·sent·er | \di-ˈsen-tər \

Definition of dissenter 

1 : one that dissents

2 capitalized : an English Nonconformist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dissenter


dissident, 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 four dissenters were appointed by Democratic presidents. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court deals sharp defeat to public employee unions, banning mandatory fees," 27 June 2018 The only apparent dissenters, Hardee said, are Justices Neil Gorsuch, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "High court’s ruling on baker’s refusal to make same-sex wedding cake: mixed," 4 June 2018 In early 2017, Germany opened an investigation of Turkish imams’ alleged spying on political dissenters for the Turkish government. Gerasimos Tsourapas, Washington Post, "How authoritarian regimes use migration to exert ‘soft power’ in foreign policy," 6 July 2018 The vote passed 5-1, with City Council Member Steve Schlack as the only dissenter. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "South Haven bans smoking at public beaches, parks," 3 July 2018 Nomadic, tribal lifestyles meant that rulers had limited means to enforce their will, since dissenters could move elsewhere. The Economist, "From pearls to black goldHow oil transformed the Gulf," 21 June 2018 After all that internal strife, Project Maven's dissenters have apparently won out. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google reportedly won’t renew controversial drone imaging program," 1 June 2018 The order also allows U.S. consular officials to issue individual waivers allowing entry from the seven countries in the ban in cases of hardship — waivers that the dissenters said have seldom been allowed since the policy took effect. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Travel ban: Ruling a big win for Trump and presidential power," 27 June 2018 Trustee Gary Feest was the lone dissenter, and one of only two board members to speak before the vote. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Village of Mount Pleasant declares Foxconn area as blighted, may use eminent domain to take properties," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of dissenter

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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