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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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 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

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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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