dis·​si·​dence ˈdi-sə-dən(t)s How to pronounce dissidence (audio)
: dissent, disagreement
political dissidence

Examples of dissidence in a Sentence

political dissidence had plagued the country for years after abstract art became established, its proponents became just as intolerant of dissidence as earlier schools of art had been
Recent Examples on the Web The death of Russian opposition figure and outspoken Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny in prison last month punctuated a merciless crackdown on dissidence in Russia that has accelerated during its war with Ukraine. Anna Chernova, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 In 2013, Ned Kelly Emeralds, who legally changed his name as an act of dissidence, arrived on Australian shores on a boat after fleeing his native Iran. Natasha Frost, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023 Also to potentially end poverty, disrupt the prison-industrial complex, mitigate environmental injustice, and supercharge political dissidence. WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 There was no burial site or mourning, only the inchoate fear that this sort of retribution could be doled out to anyone exhibiting the slightest sign of dissidence. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, 31 Aug. 2023 Riley takes labor relations, and street-level dissidence, very seriously. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2023 On the contrary, Martin’s work is inviting and quite practical, an elementary approach to jovial gestured lines (and letters), creating dissidence from reality. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 But the historic weekend did not go without a display of dissidence. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 8 May 2023 Ng chooses to contrast oppression and violence with poetic dissidence, which is woven throughout the narrative. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 5 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissidence was circa 1656

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“Dissidence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissidence. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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