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dissident (not comparable)
- In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.
1877 May 25, Journal of the Royal Society of Arts, volume 25, page 670:
- On flattening either the higher or lower reed separately, by partially pushing in either one of the pulls, dissident beats instantly arose, which would be made to disappear by partially pushing in the other reed.
2012, A. Rasheed, The Convergence of Corporate Governance: Promise and Prospects:
- In this chapter we look at the question of convergence in corporate governance by evaluating dissident proxy proposals in Canada.
dissident (plural dissidents)
- A person who formally opposes the current political structure, opposes the political group in power, opposes the policies of the political group in power, or opposes current laws.
1895 June 15, “Claude Monet”, in The Speaker, volume 11, page 658:
- I once more find myself a dissident, and a dissident in a very small minority.
1990, Len Karpinsky, “The Autobiography of a "Half-Dissident"”, in Stephen F. Cohen, editor, The Voices of Glasnost, page 280:
- It is largely the story of a man who fell from being a potential leader of the Soviet Communist Party in the early 1960s to being an outcast by the mid-1970s — a dissident in the eyes of officialdom, a "half-dissident" in his own eyes.
2013, Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists:
- Before Frampton published his book Legion of the Rearguard, an exhaustive examination of the dissidents, he highlighted sections of it released in a report by the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College, London, entitled "The Return of the Militants."
- (ecclesiastical) One who disagrees or dissents; one who separates from the established religion.
- (historical, sometimes capitalized) In the kingdom of Poland, the name for Christians not part of the Roman Catholic Church.
1733 May 1, The Monthly Intelligencer, number 24, page 272:
- The Day of Election was fixt for the 25th of Aug. But a Protest was enter'd by the Dissidents, who had been excluded.
1767, Reflections on the Affairs of the Dissidents in Poland, page 7:
- The Article which enjoins Peace among the Dissidents was signed by all the Catholics then present, and so are also the continual Repetitions of it in all the Pacta Conventa, and in the fame Terms, to the Death of the late King; whereas the Confederacies of 1717 and 1733 are not signed by the Dissidents, who were expelled from thence by Force.
1768, “Original Pieces, concerning the present Situation of the Protestants and Greeks in Poland”, in The Critical Review: Or, Annals of Literature, volume 25:
- These Pieces are introduced by a very sensible preface, explaining the hardships and injustice which have been inflicted upon the Dissidents of Poland.
1893, Robert Gordon Latham, The nationalities of Europe, volume 1:
- A Socinian was a Dissident, and a member of the Greek Church was a Dissident; and these Dissidents agreed to act together. Even a liberal Romanist might be called a Dissident.
2013, Brendan Simms, Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present:
- The rest, about half a million Russian Orthodox and about the same number of Protestants, were known as 'dissidents'; the huge Jewish community defied classification.
person who opposes the current political structure, group or laws
ecclesiastical: one who disagrees
dissident m, f (plural dissidents)
- dissident, someone who has dissenting opinion
- “dissident” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).