One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Protest against official policy; dissent.
disagreement, dissent, disaccord, discord, discontent, disapprovalView synonyms
- ‘Whether you are subjected to the draconian structure of the military or that of our pernicious government, honest dissidence should always remain constant.’
- ‘Luckily for the government, three waves of rebellious dissidence had not coincided.’
- ‘Governments all over Europe equated religious dissidence with political opposition and sought to eliminate it, strengthened by the obvious fact that it was their religious duty.’
- ‘For many people, it was a ‘wake-up call, ‘which has led to considerable openness, concern, skepticism, and dissidence.’’
- ‘There seems to me, at least, to be some dissidence, if you will, in this.’
- ‘Nobody seemed to know who was putting this out, but its dissidence was a welcome antidote to the blandness of mainstream public radio.’
- ‘The poetry of dissidence and resistance on the other hand has to create its own space, which is public as well as private, real as well as virtual.’
- ‘Sex and violence become rites of passage and initiation which, like the new religious practices, produce a historicity of dissidence and dissent.’
- ‘There is nothing new about dissidence, but no new front is coming up.’
- ‘All difference of opinion is construed as dissidence.’
- ‘But dissidence in both the parties is likely to tilt the fortunes marginally in Naidu's favour.’
- ‘A living left-wing principle would need to constantly reinvent itself through creative dissidence.’
- ‘The space for dissidence, previously tiny, is now extinct.’
- ‘In Albania today there is much discussion about the notions of dissidence and dissident status.’
- ‘One can strip the fifties of its illusive aura of dull conformity without inflating cultural dissidence or generational muscle-flexing into political resistance.’
- ‘But in their countries of asylum, their political dissidence - their very reason for needing to flee - is used to identify them as potential terrorists who deserve to be detained or deported.’
- ‘It's the difference between protest and dissidence really.’
- ‘Woodrow Wilson's Red Scare was the earliest and most extreme resort to state power in twentieth-century America to suppress labour, political dissidence, and independent thought.’
- ‘The mountains stand as defiant outposts of tradition yet have also always been the homeland of rebellion, dissidence and resistance.’
- ‘The level of dissidence is always a function of how tough the regime is.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin dissidentia, from dissident- ‘sitting apart’ (see dissident).
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