• WordNet 3.6
    • v dissent withhold assent "Several Republicans dissented"
    • v dissent be of different opinions "I beg to differ!","She disagrees with her husband on many questions"
    • v dissent express opposition through action or words "dissent to the laws of the country"
    • n dissent the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    • n dissent a difference of opinion
    • n dissent (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority "he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Dissent Contrariety of nature; diversity in quality. "The dissent of the metals."
    • Dissent (Eccl) Separation from an established church, especially that of England; nonconformity. "It is the dissidence of dissent and the protestantism of the Protestant religion."
    • Dissent The act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement. "The dissent of no small number [of peers] is frequently recorded."
    • Dissent (Eccl) To differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government.
    • Dissent To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; -- followed by from. "The bill passed . . . without a dissenting voice.""Opinions in which multitudes of men dissent from us."
    • Dissent To differ; to be of a contrary nature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissent To be of a different or contrary opinion or feeling; withhold approval or assent: with from before the object.
    • dissent Eccles., to refuse to acknowledge, conform to, or be bound by the doctrines or rules of an established church. See dissenter.
    • dissent To differ; be of a different or contrary nature.
    • n dissent The act of dissenting; a holding or expressing of a different or contrary opinion; refusal to be bound by an opinion or a decision that is contrary to one's own judgment.
    • n dissent A declaration of disagreement in opinion about something: as, the minority entered their dissent on the records of the house.
    • n dissent Eccles., refusal to acknowledge or conform to the doctrines, ritual, or government of an established church, particularly in England and Scotland.
    • n dissent Contrariety of nature; opposite quality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Dissent dis-sent′ to think differently: to disagree in opinion: to differ (with from)
    • n Dissent the act of dissenting: difference of opinion: a protest by a minority: a differing or separation from an established church
    • n Dissent one who disagrees: one who declares his dissent
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  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”
  • Jacob Bronowski
    “Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
  • J. William Fulbright
    “In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but its effects.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.”
  • Archibald Macleish
    “The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissentire, dissentum,; dis-, + sentire, to feel, think. See Sense


In literature:

Dissent is always unpopular in the group.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
I may say that I wholly dissent from them.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Is it not a dissenting meeting?
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
From what Church have they dissented?
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
The bishops, seeing this, changed their conduct, explained away their promises, and became severe towards their dissenting brethren.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Two of the justices, McLean and Curtis (Northern Whigs), dissented emphatically from the decision.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
He would have had the Church make peace with the Dissenters; he was all for upsetting tests so far as Nonconformity was concerned.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then dissent raised its ugly head, dissent that had its birth in Germany.
"War and the Weird" by Forbes Phillips
In 1787 a bill for the relief of dissenters by the repeal of the test and corporation acts of the reign of Charles II.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
That he met it with modesty and courage was testified without dissent.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce

In poetry:

My dissent
Went throbbing up through him and from his lips
Became one sombre smile at my eclipse,
While I stood silent.
"Each Man Is Each" by E J Rupert Atkinson
I trace your lines of argument;
Your logic linked and strong
I weigh as one who dreads dissent,
And fears a doubt as wrong.
"The Eternal Goodness" by John Greenleaf Whittier
They loved each other all their lives,
Dissent they never knew,
And, stranger still, their very wives
Were rather friendly too.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
We meet to-day as ne'er before,
To greet a pastor of our choice,
Without a single jarring note,
And without one dissenting voice.
"Hymn" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Her scarlet mouth and her onyx eyes,
Her braided hair in its silken sheen,
Were surely meet for a Lover's prize,
But Fate dissented, and stepped between.
"Feroza" by Laurence Hope
Transferred to the Eternal Settlement,
Each in his strait, wood-scantled office pent,
No longer Brown reverses Smith's appeals,
Or Jones records his Minute of Dissent.
"The Last Department" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Auction of oil, gas leases near lakes prompts dissent .
UAE toughens law on Internet dissent .
Greek lawmakers have narrowly passed a crucial austerity bill by majority vote, but with heavy dissent from within the three-party governing coalition.
Straight after the vote, two of the three coalition parties — Samaras' conservatives and former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos' socialists — expelled a total of seven dissenting deputies from their ranks.
There were no dissenting votes.
NCAA's Tolerance for Dissenting Views at Its Academic Forum Appears in Doubt .
North Korean leader cracking down on dissent, South says.
The supervisors voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance, with 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace dissenting.
One CFTC commissioner dissented, saying the penalty is far too small.
ESPN's First Take And Manufactured Dissent.
Getting old, you have 'no agenda and are not trying to impress anyone;' trying to crush dissent proves a folly .
NCAA's Tolerance for Dissenting Views at Its Academic Forum Appears in Doubt.
Fostering a Culture of Dissent.
Dissent hits Greek coalition before austerity vote.
Scalia dissented again in 2003 when the court struck down a Texas law that made sex between gays a crime.

In science:

Among others, let us point out the fact that, in the glass phase, the high frequency dynamics can be understood in the framework of the harmonic approximation (see however the work on soft-potentials for a dissenting view).
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
Though it is considered to be a massless particle of spin 1 and 2 helicity states (as proved later for any massless particle with spin by Wigner), it is interesting to note that there had been different dissenting views with the photon being endowed with a small mass.
Evidence for a photon mass
Collaborative budgeting is made difficult by confounding factors such as party affiliation, ignorance of important, hardto-find facts, and mis-communication between dissenting participants.
Widescope - A social platform for serious conversations on the Web
While there exist dissenting views 8 , it seems fair to state that consensus is growing that the ground state of solid 4He is commensurate, i.e., free of point defects, and non-superfluid.
Supersolid phases of cold atom assemblies
Experts can consent or dissent to the local causal structure and perhaps the global equilibrium.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)