dis·​si·​dent | \ ˈdi-sə-dənt How to pronounce dissident (audio) \

Definition of dissident

: disagreeing especially with an established religious or political system, organization, or belief dissident elements in the armed forces

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Other Words from dissident

dissident noun

Examples of dissident in a Sentence

dissident elements within the Catholic Church
Recent Examples on the Web Guillermo Botero, Duque’s defense minister, resigned in November after evidence emerged that children had died in operations against dissident FARC groups. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "Colombia exhuming graves of civilians allegedly killed by soldiers," 17 Dec. 2019 In 2017, for example, Giuliani quietly urged Trump to hand over Fethullah Gulen, a dissident Turkish cleric who lives in Pennsylvania, to the Turkish government. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Toady," 18 Dec. 2019 The city's café culture has made a strong comeback (the communists had closed down the cafés, fearing a dissident breeding ground). Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "The Danube River trifecta: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest," 28 Nov. 2019 While authorities largely fault dissident rebels and drug cartels, analysts believe those groups are not responsible for most of the violence. Washington Post, "Shootings, death threats mar Colombia’s post-peace elections," 25 Oct. 2019 Putting it between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic would be seen by many as a threat to their Irishness, and could be attacked by smaller dissident republican groups that opposed the 1998 peace deal, police warn. NBC News, "Northern Ireland: How Brexit and U.K. election unearthed old demons," 9 Dec. 2019 As an avant-garde architect in the 1970s, Laszlo Rajk became involved in Hungary’s dissident movement. Los Angeles Times, "Laszlo Rajk, Hungarian architect, film designer and political dissident, dies at 70," 12 Sep. 2019 The Conway interview largely concerned MEK, the dissident Iranian group that the United States had designated a terrorist group until 2012. Mike Spies, ProPublica, "Giuliani Was Close to a Podcast Deal With the News Outlet That Spread His Ukraine Conspiracies," 12 Nov. 2019 In July 2013, the museum installed a traveling exhibition of large-scale Chinese zodiac creatures designed and cast in bronze by dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "CMA MIX brings sound of Lagos to atrium tonight as kickoff for immersive ‘village center’ installation," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dissident

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dissident

Latin dissident-, dissidens, present participle of dissidēre to sit apart, disagree, from dis- + sedēre to sit — more at sit

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2 Jan 2020

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“Dissident.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissident. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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