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Definitions of dissent

  1. be of different opinions; " I beg to differ!"; " She disagrees with her husband on many questions"
  2. fight back, also metaphorically; " His body protested against the harsh training"
  3. the act of protesting; a public ( often organized) manifestation of dissent
  4. a difference of opinion
  5. ( law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority; " he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"
  6. withhold assent; " Several Republicans dissented"
  7. express opposition through action or words; " dissent to the laws of the country"
  8. To differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government.
  9. To differ; to be of a contrary nature.
  10. The act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement.
  11. Separation from an established church, especially that of England; nonconformity.
  12. Contrariety of nature; diversity in quality.
  13. To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; - followed by from.
  14. The procedures through which a group approaches, attacks, and solves a common problem.
  15. To disagree in opinion: with from.
  16. Difference of opinion; refusal to acknowledge or conform to an established church.
  17. To think differently: to disagree in opinion: to differ.
  18. The act of dissenting: difference of opinion: a differing or separation from an established church.
  19. Disagreement in opinion.
  20. Dissentient.
  21. To disagree in opinion; differ.
  22. To disagree.
  23. The act or state of dissenting; disagreement; non conformity.
  24. Difference of opinion; declaration of disagreement in opinion; separation from an established church, especially that of England.
  25. To disagree in opinion; to differ from the doctrines, rites, or government of an established church.
  26. Difference of opinion; disagreement; difference in opinion from the Established Church in matters of government or doctrine.
  27. To disagree in opinion; to think differently; to differ in opinion from the Established Church in matters of doctrine or government.
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Quotes of dissent

  1. The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual. – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  2. In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. – J. William Fulbright
  3. In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy. – Learned Hand
  4. A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority. – Eric Hoffer
  5. Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent and debate. – Hubert H. Humphrey
  6. We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion. – Richard Perle
  7. It's so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked. – Harold Pinter
  8. Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey. – John Charles Polanyi
  9. It's much easier to make jokes about sensitive issues if there is some dissent some conflict. – Mo Rocca
  10. Neither with those nor with the others, with all I agree and dissent in all part of truth and part of error must be seen. – Michael Servetus
  11. Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society. – Natan Sharansky
  12. The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity- much less dissent – Gore Vidal

Usage examples for dissent

  1. Despite their dissent however, his victory in the election was so overwhelming that he could carry out his program with the irresistible pressure of public opinion behind him. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. Then, at his start of dissent Yes, Manuel." – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  3. We shall not dissent from its silence. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  4. Constantine's endeavors to show her the beauty of his creed and to win her to Christianity were entirely futile; and the older they grew, and the less they agreed, the worse could each endure the dissent of the other. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  5. " If you mean that the process is a very irksome one, I enter my dissent at once," broke in Harcourt. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever
  6. No; I understand that you wouldn't, under the circumstances, Jerry added quickly, as Miss Remson made a hasty gesture of dissent – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  7. This raised a storm of dissent and speakers took the other side with no mild language. – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  8. To Bele he said nothing of this spiritual superiority, and yet it was obvious in his constant air of disapproval and dissent in his lofty silence, his way of not being conscious of Bele's presence or of totally ignoring his remarks. – Prisoners of Conscience by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  9. The plan of separation, my Lords, is one of modern invention altogether, and I totally dissent from it. – Maxims And Opinions Of Field-Marshal His Grace The Duke Of Wellington, Selected From His Writings And Speeches During A Public Life Of More Than Half A Century by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
  10. You will be rich, a great lady, respected-" She made a gesture of dissent – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  11. It is of course not to be denied that there are eminent men of science who altogether dissent from such opinions, and reject Theism as false, or at least as lacking any rational claim on our acceptance. – The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer by John Gerard
  12. She shook her head in dissent – The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly by Charles James Lever
  13. But part owners who dissent from the voyage and take security for the safe return of the vessel are not entitled to share in the profits, nor are they liable for the expenses. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  14. He laughed and shook his head slyly at Clay, who smiled in dissent – Soldiers of Fortune by Richard Harding Davis
  15. But the greater number burst into a roar of dissent of reprobation, of anger, led by the Squire. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  16. Of a truth, Dissent has something to forgive the Church; for persecution in Protestant England was very much the same as in Catholic France, with, if possible, less justification. – Books Condemned to be Burnt by James Anson Farrer
  17. This is perhaps the part of Freud's theory from which you dissent most strongly. – The Dream Doctor by Arthur B. Reeve
  18. The girls heard it only through a sort of general murmur, out of which a burst of astonishment or of dissent would occasionally break forth. – Jacqueline, v1 by Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc)
  19. But he let himself be drawn, and soon the whole room was in eager debate on some of the old hot issues between Church and Dissent – Lady Merton, Colonist by Mrs. Humphry Ward