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

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The true spirit of living isn’t eating greedily, or reflection, or even love, but dissidence, like an axe of stone. Henri Cole, The New Yorker, "Doves," 4 June 2017 Yet, even with hopes of changing the world receding in the last decades of the twentieth century, a less confident dissidence often remained, ready to be ignited or shared with younger generations, if and when opportunities arose. Longreads, "Living Differently: How the Feminist Utopia Is Something You Have to Be Doing Now," 21 Jan. 2017 The web is where the voices of dissidence that have always been watched, can watch and talk back. Malkia A. Cyril, The Atlantic, "The Antidote to Authoritarianism," 25 Nov. 2014 Whether her victory is taken as an act of national pride or dissidence, remains up for discussion. Amah-rose Mcknight-abrams, CNN, "Balancing national pride and personal politics at the Venice Biennale," 19 May 2017 All this dissidence, of course, capped an N.F.L. season marked by the San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s weekly ritual of kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Samuel G. Freedman, The New Yorker, "Football and Politics," 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of dissidence

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

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