dis·​si·​dent | \-dənt \

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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dissident noun

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dissident elements within the Catholic Church

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In March, a Chinese diplomat repeatedly interrupted a speech by a prominent Chinese dissident to block him from addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, a failed attempt that bared China's sensitivity on human rights. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Allies disappointed by 'big bang' of U.S. walkout from U.N. Human Rights Council," 20 June 2018 The United States is calling specific attention to the case of four Ukrainians on hunger strike, including filmmaker and dissident Oleg Sentsov. Josh Lederman, Fox News, "US urges Russia to release political, religious prisoners," 18 June 2018 The following year, the prize went to the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, setting off furious protests from China and a long chill in diplomatic relations between China and Norway. Henrik Pryser Libell, New York Times, "Trump’s Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize Was Apparently Forged. Twice.," 28 Feb. 2018 Both opposition parties and dissident members of Cartes’ own Colorado Party blocked his attempt to resign. Washington Post, "Paraguay president withdraws resignation and Senate bid," 26 June 2018 Both opposition parties and dissident members of Cartes’ own Colorado Party blocked his attempt to resign. Pedro Servin, The Seattle Times, "Paraguay president withdraws resignation and Senate bid," 26 June 2018 Such suffering, merely for having family connections with a dissident, may continue to plague Liu’s family. The Economist, "China frees the widow of a Nobel peace-prize winner," 11 July 2018 Together, the dissident investors held roughly 9 percent of Destination Maternity, or about 14.6 million shares. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Shareholders vote in new (female) CEO at Destination Maternity: Marla Ryan," 23 May 2018 Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno returned home after photos surfaced indicating three journalists kidnapped by a Colombia dissident group had been killed. Fox News, "More leaders join Trump in dropping out of Americas Summit," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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