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

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That’s especially so after the Saudi monarchy’s image in Washington, and the region, was stained by the kingdom’s assassination of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi, the affair that could still spur Congressional punishment of Riyadh. WSJ, "For Turkey, U.S. Exit From Syria Is an Opportunity—and a Risk," 25 Dec. 2018 The 10 people who allegedly raided the embassy in Madrid belong to a mysterious dissident organization that styles itself as a government-in-exile dedicated to toppling the ruling Kim family dynasty. Eric Talmadge, The Seattle Times, "N. Korea calls for investigation into Madrid embassy attack," 31 Mar. 2019 The attack evoked memories of the 2006 murder with polonium of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London, which was linked to Mr. Putin. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Vladimir Taunts the West," 15 Mar. 2018 Last week, Ukrainian authorities announced that a dissident Russian journalist had been murdered in the Ukrainian capital, only for the journalist to appear very much alive the next day at a press briefing. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Ukraine Approves Anticorruption Court in Bid to Unblock Foreign Aid," 7 June 2018 Thousands of activists and dissident journalists had been detained, and hundreds had died in demonstrations crushed by government forces. Paul Schemm, Washington Post, "After years of unrest, Ethiopians are riding an unlikely wave of hope. Will it last?," 6 May 2018 The world is still reeling from the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the role of the kingdom’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), in his murder. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 The President indicates that Saudi Arabia is the lesser of two evils compared to Iran and so the U.S. won’t punish Saudi Arabia for the brutal killing and dismemberment of a dissident journalist in their consulate. Aaron Gregg, The Seattle Times, "Trump again uses arms sales to justify Saudi ties, dragging US defense contractors into an unwelcome debate," 20 Nov. 2018 The greatest thing the internet has done is to allow for the elevation of the individual voice: the dissident, the stay-at-home mom, whichever person who wasn’t formerly heard in the public square. Michelle Ma, WSJ, "The Impact of Technology on Democracy," 11 Nov. 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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