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 Origin mid 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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