dis·​si·​dence | \ ˈdi-sə-dən(t)s How to pronounce dissidence (audio) \

Definition of dissidence

: dissent, disagreement political dissidence

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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 Americans for Peace Now, one of the earliest hubs of American Jewish dissidence on Israeli militarism, took both its name and inspiration from the Israeli organization founded in reaction to the Lebanon war. Samuel G. Freedman, CNN, 18 May 2021 Their fear is that information might leak out and foment further dissidence elsewhere; the city is to be sealed off. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2020 Feet from her, the last of the 76 demonstrators were cuffed and arrested, the dissidence raging on. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 9 July 2020 Fur was also extremely present at the shows of many major designers, an interesting choice given the growing dissidence towards its use in fashion (though many argue that fur is more sustainable than synthetic options). Gabrielle Korn, refinery29.com, 25 Feb. 2020 And China’s efforts to curtail the room such dissidence has to flourish in worries people who care about free expression on American campuses and beyond. The Economist, 2 Jan. 2020 During the English civil war of the 1640s, and the Protestant dictatorship that followed, the authorities seem to have lost all control of grassroots religious life, allowing creative dissidence to flourish. The Economist, 17 Dec. 2019 Number two is social order and suppressing any political dissidence. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2019 The open dissidence of Saar has had a reverberating effect on black female artists in particular, including Saar’s daughter, the sculptor and installation artist Alison Saar, a formidable creator in her own right. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dissidence

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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