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

Other Words from dissident

dissident noun

Examples of dissident in a Sentence

dissident elements within the Catholic Church
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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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“Dissident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissident. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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