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
  1. noun
    a difference of opinion
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    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
  2. noun
    the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
    synonyms: objection, protest
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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
    a peaceful, stationary demonstration or protest, especially at night
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    group action in opposition to those in power
  3. noun
    (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
  4. verb
    be of different opinions
    synonyms: differ, disagree, take issue
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    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
    fail or cause to fail to progress because of disagreement between opposing sides
    declare untrue; contradict
  5. verb
    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
    take part in a strike or protest
    make revolution
    engage in a mutiny against an authority
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    contradict, controvert, oppose
    be resistant to
  6. verb
    withhold assent
    “Several Republicans dissented
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    accede, acquiesce, assent
    agree or express agreement
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    differ, disagree, take issue
    be of different opinions
Commonly confused words

decent / descent / dissent

Decent is all buttoned up. Descent has all the fun because it gets to climb down a mountain. Dissent is what you do when the glee club wants to get matching red outfits but you like purple.

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