Definition of dissent in US English:

dissent

noun

  • 1The expression or holding of opinions at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially held.

    ‘there was no dissent from this view’
    • ‘It is at delicate moments in world affairs, such as this, that expressions of widespread dissent from opinion-formers can become a real political force.’
    • ‘But in a move seen as an attempt to quell this dissent from the back benches, Mr Cullen announced the abolition of plans for the direct election of mayors.’
    • ‘Yet the organisation, with no dissent from the Executive or the Crown Office, continues to stand by its discredited experts.’
    • ‘Brown wrote the Committee for the Nation expressing his dissent from the President's gold purchasing program in late 1933.’
    • ‘But this is exactly the model that China has chosen to take - with little in the way of dissent from the ‘international community’.’
    • ‘There have been some signs of dissent from Barnaby Joyce and Queensland Liberal Senator David Johnston about the states' rights implications of the plans.’
    • ‘This is the first sign of an Opposition shaping up to reflect current dissent from so many of current government policies.’
    • ‘One is composed of intellectuals, people who preach dissent from the values of the ‘core culture.’’
    • ‘I have continually argued for France's right to express its dissent from the opinion of the international community.’
    • ‘An ‘anti-national’ Press is not alone in its dissent from the orchestrated spectacle.’
    • ‘The policy has apparently generated little dissent from within the Scouts.’
    • ‘There is some dissent from this among the comments - particularly Carrie.’
    • ‘Protest, chant, yell, shout your dissent from the rooftops.’
    • ‘He has just about put the lid on dissent from within the Cabinet.’
    • ‘These words provoked no murmurs of dissent from this largely Republican crowd.’
    • ‘When a state's appropriation imparts too generous a benefit to religion alone, the establishment clause should provide a pathway to dissent.’
    • ‘He pointed out that it was easy to exaggerate the importance of Australian expressions of dissent from Allied plans, and Curtin's messages.’
    • ‘The move caused widespread discontent in the Conservative Party and open dissent from leading modernisers.’
    • ‘Fair enough, but why did we hear so little dissent from within the movement?’
    • ‘To march is a symbolic act not only of dissent from the government's position but to remind everyone that a people is not - and can never be - the same as a regime.’
    disagreement, lack of agreement, difference of opinion, argument, dispute, demur
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    1. 1.1 Refusal to accept the doctrines of an established or orthodox Church; nonconformity.
      • ‘Any dissent or questioning of the group's teachings is discouraged.’
      • ‘A state religious court evaluating nonconformity or dissent deserves whatever answers it receives.’
      • ‘Their readings have roots in and derive their stimulus from historical and political schema of dissent outlined in the biblical narratives.’
      • ‘Church, democracy and dissent: Paul Rule reviews two books by Paul Collins.’
      • ‘Are you getting at the fact that perhaps what we see in religious practice is not so much dissent, active opposition, but a kind of muddling through?’
      • ‘It called for a new crackdown on doctrinal dissent, and recommended a papal investigation of American seminaries, the subtext of which was to blame gays.’
      • ‘Historians sometimes make the mistake of thinking that early modern religious dissent argues secularization.’
      • ‘That kind of perspective teaches me the need to respect dissent, nonconformity, and liberty of conscience as priority Baptist values.’
      • ‘One perspective reflected a background of English / Welsh dissent and the other a Scots / Irish covenanter tradition.’
      • ‘I maintained that my dissent was not from core tenets of Catholic faith, but from noninfallible church teachings.’
      • ‘For all liberals, the stumbling block in Newman's work is his consistently held conviction that the act of faith allows no room at all for dissent or doubt.’
      • ‘A theology of dissent has become the new establishment.’
      • ‘It seems to me that this approach to dissent has the potential to be pastorally disastrous.’
      • ‘Or in the face of dissent when his party had lost their way and run short of food the avid Bible student resorted to his Scriptures.’
      • ‘The Inquisition's actions would be excessive today because we have the leisure to tolerate dissent with no threat to our survival - not as yet, at any rate.’
      • ‘They issue Tracts carrying forward a debate about Anglican identity: the Church of England would be Catholic but it would stand against Popery on the one hand and dissent on the other.’
      • ‘No thesis of theology escapes criticism, and no edict is exempt from conscientious dissent.’

verb

[no object]
  • 1Hold or express opinions that are at variance with those previously, commonly, or officially expressed.

    ‘two members dissented from the majority’
    • ‘Only one Senator out of the hundred dissented from the passage of the Patriot Act, which is providing unprecedented powers for law enforcement bodies.’
    • ‘No respondent dissented from the vocational view, but teachers rarely voiced it.’
    • ‘The third judge, Lord Justice Neuberger, dissented from this, stating that he did not consider it conducive to a fair trial.’
    • ‘He can be unpredictable and even manage to dissent from established opinion, if only on the margin.’
    • ‘Even before the dramatic escalation of hostilities yesterday, two Labor MPs publicly dissented from Labor's position.’
    • ‘However, some Democrats dissented from that conclusion.’
    • ‘Seven judges expressed a separate opinion, while two dissented from the majority.’
    • ‘What's the difference between dissenting by deciding and taking the law into your own hands?’
    • ‘On every matter on which he could have dissented from the Government in its formation, he has gone with the Government.’
    • ‘Most participants dissented from time to time and said they did not want to go on, but the researcher would prod them to continue.’
    • ‘He tangled with other cardinals and disciplined church officials who dissented from official church policy.’
    • ‘Not one Supreme Court justice dissented from the Moyer opinion, which was drafted by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.’
    • ‘Some of them were actually aggressive, convinced that anyone who dissented from the view that their child was a genius must be motivated by malice.’
    • ‘When I dissented from the liberal line on race, the Texas papers depicted me as a racist.’
    • ‘But a significant minority in the Conservative Party dissented from this view.’
    • ‘For the right it is an article of faith that scientists are dogmatic atheists with the will and the power to crush anyone who dissents from orthodoxy.’
    • ‘People can disagree, differ and dissent, even within the ruling party, without this negatively affecting the stability of our country and the peace that we continue to enjoy.’
    • ‘Alito, on the Circuit Court had dissented from the majority and said that Congress had the right to so act.’
    • ‘Only a fool likes to hear the sound of his own voice. We welcome dissenting opinions.’
    • ‘They don't extend to justices who have dissented from the principle.’
    1. 1.1 Separate from an established or orthodox church because of doctrinal disagreement.
      • ‘Iranian historians were biased towards groups that dissented from mainstream Islam and rebelled against the Islamic caliphate.’
      • ‘There developed in Qumran a Jewish sect that dissented from Sadduceanism and was hostile to the Pharisians.’
      • ‘That is, we dissented from somebody else's religion, and we paid the price for it.’
      • ‘Along the way, Fraser reminds us, various sects dissented and established parochial schools.’
      • ‘Baptists dissented from a state religion that claimed the right to determine what should be believed and how belief should be practiced.’
      differ, demur, diverge
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin dissentire ‘differ in sentiment’.

Pronunciation

dissent

/dəˈsent//dəˈsɛnt/