dissident

If you are a dissident, you are a person who is rebelling against a government. Dissidents can do their work peacefully or with violence.

Dissident is closely related to the word, dissent, which means objecting. People who are dissidents show their dissent. Catholic priests who advocate allowing women into the priesthood could be called dissidents, as could the Puritans who left England to live in colonial America. As an adjective, a dissident member of a group is one who disagrees with the majority of members.

Definitions of dissident
  1. noun
    a person who dissents from some established policy
    synonyms: contestant, dissenter, 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
  2. adjective
    characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
    synonyms: heretical, heterodox
    unorthodox
    breaking with convention or tradition
  3. adjective
    disagreeing, especially with a majority
    synonyms: dissentient, dissenting
    negative
    expressing or consisting of a negation or refusal or denial
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