• IPA: /dɪˈsɛnt/

dissent (dissents, present participle dissenting; past and past participle dissented)

  1. (intransitive) To disagree; to withhold assent. Construed with from (or, formerly, to).
    • 1827 Thomas Jarman, Powell's Essay on Devises 2.293:
      Where a trustee refuses either to assent or dissent, the Court will itself exercise his authority.
    • 1830 Isaac D'Israeli, Commentaries on the Life and Reign of Charles the First 3.9.207:
      Those who openly dissented from the acts which the King had carried through the Parliament.
  2. (intransitive) To differ from, especially in opinion, beliefs, etc.
    • 1654 John Trapp, A Commentary or Exposition upon the Book of Job 33.32:
      Some are so eristical and teasty, that they will not ... bear with any that dissent.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2):
      Natural reason dictates, that motion ought to be assigned to the bodies, which in kind and essence most agree with those bodies which do undoubtedly move, and rest to those which most dissent from them.
    • 1871 George Grote, Fragments on Ethical Subjects 2.37:
      If the public dissent from our views, we say that they ought to concur with us.
  3. (obsolete) To be different; to have contrary characteristics.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Noun


  1. Disagreement with the ideas, doctrines, decrees, etc. of a political party, government or religion.
  2. An act of disagreeing with, or deviating from, the views and opinions of those holding authority.
  3. (Anglo-American common law) A separate opinion filed in a case by judges who disagree with the outcome of the majority of the court in that case
  4. (sports) A violation that arises when disagreement with an official call is expressed in an inappropriate manner such as foul language, rude gestures, of failure to comply.
Antonyms Related terms
  • minority report
Translations Translations
  • Russian: разногла́сие

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