Definition of dissent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈsent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈsent//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the fact of having or expressing opinions that are different from those that are officially accepted political/religious dissent Voices of dissent began to rise against the established authority in the 1950s and 1960s. Stability only exists in the country because dissent has been suppressed.
  2. 2[countable] (North American English) a judge’s statement giving reasons why he or she disagrees with a decision made by the other judges in a court case
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin dissentire ‘differ in sentiment’.Extra examples His dissent from his family’s religious beliefs caused a lot of ill-feeling. In the early 1960s the voices of dissent began to rise. It is easier to register dissent in the Internet era. Political dissent is not tolerated. The regime ruthlessly suppresses all dissent. The war provoked strong dissent. There are many ways of expressing dissent. efforts to suppress legitimate dissent internal party dissent popular dissent against the Church The authorities continue their suppression of political dissent.
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