dissenter

A dissenter is someone who disagrees with commonly held opinions or beliefs. Except for one dissenter (your brother who dislikes amusement parks), everyone in your family is looking forward to going to Disneyland next summer.

If the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision that's supported by eight of the Justices, the one Justice who disagrees with the ruling is a dissenter. This word is also used to mean "protester," or someone who stands up and takes action against a law or policy. In the 17th century, dissenter was used for someone who disagreed with a religious belief or doctrine.

Definitions of dissenter
  1. noun
    a person who dissents from some established policy
    synonyms: contestant, dissident, objector, protester
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    CO, conscientious objector
    one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience
    nonconformist, recusant
    someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
    political dissident
    a dissenter from political orthodoxy
    NIMBY
    someone who objects to siting something in their own neighborhood but does not object to it being sited elsewhere; an acronym for not in my backyard
    beat, beatnik
    a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    bohemian
    a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
    enfant terrible
    a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
    heretic
    a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
    maverick, rebel
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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