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 Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey announced the indictment of 20 Saudi nationals on murder and other charges in the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist inside his country’s Istanbul consulate in 2018. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Your Thursday Briefing," 26 Mar. 2020 Jeffers’ illustrations of rocket ships, moon-faced children, and dissident crayons march across bookshelves worldwide. Pia Ceres, Wired, "With Kids Stuck at Home, Authors Bring Stories to Instagram," 23 Mar. 2020 Iger’s appointment as CEO in 2005 had been accompanied by controversy and protest from dissident shareholders Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold. Time, "Disney Names Bob Chapek Its New CEO, Replacing Bob Iger," 26 Feb. 2020 In 1989, dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel assumed the presidency of Czechoslovakia. BostonGlobe.com, "In 1170, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, was slain in Canterbury Cathedral by knights loyal to King Henry II.," 29 Dec. 2019 The social media that enable the rebels to organize and assemble promptly and efficiently also function as a closed echo chamber that often seems to trap them in a self-righteousness that does not tolerate nuances or dissident views. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, "Chile: Notes from a Revolt," 13 Mar. 2020 The National Council of Resistance of Iran, a controversial dissident group advocating regime change, has claimed that more than 2,000 people have died from coronavirus in the country. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Judge finds Iran responsible for Robert Levinson’s kidnapping in $1.5B lawsuit," 9 Mar. 2020 Iger's appointment as CEO had been accompanied by controversy and protest from dissident shareholders Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold. CBS News, "Disney CEO Bob Iger steps aside, effective immediately, after 15 years at helm," 25 Feb. 2020 Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident writer who wrote columns for The Washington Post, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Neil Vigdor, BostonGlobe.com, "State of the Union guests: Who are President Trump and members of Congress bringing?," 4 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of dissident was in 1769

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9 Apr 2020

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“Dissident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissident. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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