dissident

adjective
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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In an open letter to guild members, Wells urged members to vote for dissident candidate Phyllis Nagy for president, and endorsed her slate, including secretary-treasurer candidate Nick Jones Jr. and eight people for the board . Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "WGA’s former President John Wells endorses dissident candidate Phyllis Nagy," 1 Sep. 2019 Bill and Frederick Koch and other dissident stockholders sold their interests, and the brothers later sued claiming the company withheld crucial information that would have led to a higher sale price. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "Billionaire David Koch, conservative donor, dies at age 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Bill and Frederick Koch and other dissident stockholders sold their interests, and the brothers later sued claiming the company withheld crucial information that would have led to a higher sale price. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Billionaire David Koch has died at age 79," 23 Aug. 2019 Some now fear a return to the dark days of Abiy’s predecessors, when dissident bloggers were tortured. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 There are probably enough dissident Tories to swing such a vote against Boris, provided there are no or very few opposition defections to the government at the same time. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Brexit: The Rubik’s Cube of British Politics," 12 Aug. 2019 In spite of such crackdowns, experts say dissident voices have played a crucial role in expediting the latest changes to women’s legal status. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Saudi Arabia Is Introducing Landmark Reforms for Women. But the Activists Who Pushed For Them Remain in Prison," 5 Aug. 2019 But government censors quickly went to work below the post, scrubbing dissident voices while leaving nationalist and anti-American views untouched, according to a review by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Washington Post, "Banned at home, Twitter becomes a new tool for Chinese diplomats abroad," 10 July 2019 Three members of the dissident investors will join four others on that committee. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Texas Pacific Land Trust settles summerlong battle with dissatisfied investors," 31 July 2019

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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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