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

n a difference of opinion

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the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

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

objection, protest
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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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)
the act of walking out (of a meeting or organization) as a sign of protest
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
refusal to submit to established authority; originally the refusal of Roman Catholics to attend services of the Church of England
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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”
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the speech act of objecting

v be of different opinions

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

v express opposition through action or words

dissent to the laws of the country”
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
serve as pickets or post pickets
make revolution
engage in a mutiny against an authority
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contradict, controvert, oppose
be resistant to

v withhold assent

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