dis·​si·​dent | \ ˈdi-sə-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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Other Words from dissident

dissident noun

Examples of dissident in a Sentence

dissident elements within the Catholic Church

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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 The Saudis’ marquee investment conference this week has been beleaguered after the brutal killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Silicon Valley investors just can’t quit Saudi money," 25 Oct. 2018 Win McNamee/Getty Images President Donald Trump must be giving thanks this morning for press coverage of his extraordinarily inappropriate statement on the murder of dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There’s nothing “America First” about Trump’s Saudi policy," 21 Nov. 2018 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. Washington Post, "US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias," 20 June 2018 The list includes members of dissident groups and a journalist. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "US demands answers from Cuba on imprisoned dissidents," 11 Dec. 2018 Bitcoin Cash was created in August 2017, when a dissident faction of Bitcoin supporters created their own rival version of the software. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 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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