dissent

To dissent is to publicly disagree with an official opinion or decision. Dissent is also a noun referring to public disagreement.

Both verb and noun are often used in reference to a statement by a judge who disagrees with a decision made by other judges. Dissent is also used to refer to political opposition to government policies. The verb derives from Middle English, from Latin dissentire, from the prefix dis- "apart" plus sentire "to feel."

DEFINITIONS OF: dissent

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n a difference of opinion

Type of:
disagreement
the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

n the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent

Synonyms:
objection, protest
Examples:
Boston Tea Party
demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; organized as a protest against taxes on tea
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boycott
a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies
direct action
a protest action by labor or minority groups to obtain their demands
demonstration, manifestation
a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature)
walkout
the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest
work-in
occasion when workers continue to work as a protest against e.g. proposed dismissal or closure of the factory
protest march
occasion when you can express opposition by marching (usually on some government institution) without a license
civil disobedience
a group's refusal to obey a law because they believe the law is immoral (as in protest against discrimination)
job action
a temporary action by workers to protest management decision or to make demands
nonviolence, nonviolent resistance, passive resistance
peaceful resistance to a government by fasting or refusing to cooperate
recusancy
refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
Type of:
resistance
group action in opposition to those in power

n (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority

“he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion”
Type of:
objection
the speech act of objecting

v be of different opinions

Synonyms:
differ, disagree, take issue
Antonyms:
agree, concord, concur, hold
be in accord; be in agreement
agree
achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose
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clash
disagree violently
contradict, contravene, negate
deny the truth of
deny
declare untrue; contradict

v express opposition through action or words

dissent to the laws of the country”
Synonyms:
protest, resist
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strike, walk out
stop work in order to press demands
demonstrate, march
march in protest; take part in a demonstration
arise, rebel, rise, rise up
take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance
rebel, renegade
break with established customs
picket
serve as pickets or post pickets
revolt
make revolution
mutiny
engage in a mutiny against an authority
Type of:
contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to

v withhold assent

“Several Republicans dissented
Antonyms:
accede, acquiesce, assent
to agree or express agreement
Type of:
differ, disagree, take issue
be of different opinions
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