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- The state of being dissident; dissent
- 1740, James Durham, “Some preparatory Endeavours for uniting”, in The Dying Man’s Testament to the Church of Scotland: Or, A Treatise concerning Scandal, page 309:
- […] and it ſome Way neceſſitateth them in a divided Way to endeavour ſome other Way of entering, and to increaſe their Diſſidence of them who ſo partially (in their Eſteem at leaſt) manages Matters, and prefers the ſtrengthening of a Side, to the Edification of the Church […]
- 1775 March 22, Edmund Burke, “Speech on Conciliation with America”, in The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, volume II, Dublin: William Porter, published 1793, page 41:
- All proteſtantiſm, even the moſt cold and paſſive, is a fort of diſſent. But the religion moſt prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of reſiſtance ; it is the diſſidence of diſſent ; and the proteſtantiſm of the proteſtant religion.
dissidence f (plural dissidences)