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 Once the farmers cleared out too, about a century ago, the area became a haven for a certain kind of dissident thinker drawn to its remoteness. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ancient Redwoods, Empty Beaches, and Foraged Fine Dining on California's Lost Coast," 12 Apr. 2021 The jury found that Bijan Rafiekian, while operating a consulting business with Flynn, illegally lobbied the U.S. government to expel a dissident Turkish cleric. Washington Post, "Appeals court revives criminal case against Michael Flynn’s ex-business partner," 18 Mar. 2021 Descemer Bueno collaborated on the song with two rappers in Cuba, Maykel Osorbo and El Funky, who are part of a dissident artists’ collective that sparked an unusual protest against repression outside the culture ministry last November. James Freeman, WSJ, "The Sound of Liberty in Cuba," 26 Feb. 2021 And it’s not just Khashoggi: The kill team charged with the dissident journalist’s murder has also been linked to clandestine kill-or-capture operations targeting regime critics around the world. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Biden’s Worrying Reluctance to Confront Saudi Arabia," 25 Mar. 2021 Critical columns written by Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Washington Post, which Mr. Bezos bought in 2013 as a personal investment, sowed frustration in Riyadh. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Amazon Is Hiring in Saudi Arabia, Taking Advantage of Online Shift in Kingdom," 19 Mar. 2021 And what about his own campaign-trail promise of accountability for the killers of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which now seems to have collided with the Realpolitik imperative of not offending a powerful ally’s Crown Prince? Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "What Does National Security Even Mean Anymore, After January 6th and the Pandemic?," 4 Mar. 2021 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had a dissident journalist killed. Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation, "Why repressive Saudi Arabia remains a US ally," 3 Mar. 2021 The Biden administration is expected to soon release an unclassified intelligence report establishing that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, directed the killing of the dissident U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: 50 states, 48 strategies," 26 Feb. 2021

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Dissident.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissident. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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