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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Many of Vincennes’s prisoners over time were political and religious dissenters. Nicole Defeudis, BostonGlobe.com, "Visiting Paris? Put this fortified castle in your itinerary," 29 May 2018 Roberts has turned in only a minor decision in which there were no dissenters. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The Supreme Court has a blockbuster season," 3 May 2018 Katie Benner, Mark Mazzetti, Ben Hubbard, and Mike Isaac at the New York Times on Saturday detailed the efforts of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to quiet dissenters in the country and around the world. Emily Stewart, Vox, "NYTimes report shows how Twitter, McKinsey were complicit in helping Saudi Arabia silence critics," 20 Oct. 2018 Also, as Brian Gaines and Gisela Sin point out, there is precedent for a bloc of dissenters to extract major concessions from speaker nominees. Matthew Green, Vox, "Pelosi won her party’s vote to be speaker. But can she win the vote on the House floor?," 5 Dec. 2018 This has not left much oxygen in the room for dissenters—publicly, at least. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 The only dissenter in the 2-1 decision in 2016 was Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who President Trump picked Monday to take Justice Anthony Kennedy's spot on the Supreme Court. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: How Brett Kavanaugh could rein in environmental rules on the Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 The lone dissenter was Republican commissioner Chris Monzel. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Anti-sales tax petition drive gets a surprise guest: Todd Portune," 3 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of dissenter

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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