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dissent

dis·sent

dissent

 
 
pronunciation:
dih sent
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: disagreement, objection, or protest, or a spoken or written declaration thereof.
There is dissent in the community over how late the nightclub should be allowed to stay open.The stringent laws issued by the government caused strong dissent, eventually erupting into anti-government demonstrations.The justice submitted his written dissent to the majority's decision.
synonyms:
dissension, dissidence, objection
antonyms:
adhesion, agreement, assent, consent
similar words:
challenge, disaffection, dispute, petition, protest, protestation
definition 2: rejection of the doctrine or authority of an established church; separation or noncomformity.
similar words:
apostasy, disaffection, disaffiliation, heresy, heterodoxy, nonconformity, schism
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: dissented, dissenting, dissents
definition: to disagree with or reject something, esp. prevailing or official views, doctrines, customs, or the like.
The majority of the justices ruled in favor, while two dissented.Some economists dissented from the view that the country's economy was headed into recession.
synonyms:
object
antonyms:
agree, assent, concur
similar words:
conflict, differ, disagree, except, oppose, protest, take exception
derivation: dissentingly (adv.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word descent (the act of going down)? Dissent and descent sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Parts
The word dissent contains the following parts:
dis- Latin prefix that means not; apart; reverse, negate
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The prefix dis- occurs in English attached to Latin roots, as in dissent , but also forms words in English by attaching to verbs (dishearten ) and nouns (disbelief ). dis- has two other forms, as the "s" sound in dis- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms dif- and di-3.
synonyms:
de-, un-
 
sens, sent Latin root that means to feel, to perceive