dis·​si·​dent ˈdi-sə-dənt How to pronounce dissident (audio)
: disagreeing especially with an established religious or political system, organization, or belief
dissident elements in the armed forces
dissident noun

Examples of dissident in a Sentence

dissident elements within the Catholic Church
Recent Examples on the Web The prosecutors said that one Cuban who wrote a letter to Judge Bloom — dissident Francisco Pastor Chaviano Gonzalez, who spent years in Cuba’s prison — was interviewed by FBI agents. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 21 June 2024 Additionally, last year, some prominent members resigned or left to form a dissident labor group, which sued the union in federal court to force an election for new leadership. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 3 Sep. 2019 During the era of stagnation, as the Brezhnev years came to be called, the two most emblematic Soviet dissident intellectuals were the physicist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Andrei Sakharov and the writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 17 May 2024 China’s cyberforce The increasing sophistication of online attacks on dissident and international groups comes as China has been restructuring the agencies responsible for its cyber operations. Christopher K. Tong, The Conversation, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for dissident 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dissident was in 1769

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“Dissident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissident. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​si·​dent ˈdis-əd-ənt How to pronounce dissident (audio)
: disagreeing with an opinion or a group
dissident noun

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