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



BrE BrE//ˈdɪsɪdənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪsɪdənt//
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a person who strongly disagrees with and criticizes their government, especially in a country where this kind of action is dangerous left-wing dissidents regimes that murder political opponents and imprison dissidents Dissidents were often imprisoned by the security police. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘differing in opinion or character’): from Latin dissident- ‘sitting apart, disagreeing’, from dis- ‘apart’ + sedere ‘sit’.

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