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dissent

dis·sent

dissent

 
 
pronunciation:
dih sent
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
features:
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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
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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
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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.
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