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Dictionary Definition

dissent

Noun

1 (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority; "he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"
2 a difference of opinion
3 the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent [syn: protest, objection]

Verb

1 withhold assent; "Several Republicans dissented" [ant: assent]
2 express opposition through action or words; "dissent to the laws of the country" [syn: protest, resist]
3 be of different opinions; "I beg to differ!"; "She disagrees with her husband on many questions" [syn: disagree, differ, take issue] [ant: agree]

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English

Pronunciation

  • /dɪˈsɛnt/, /dI"sEnt/
    Rhymes: -ɛnt

Verb

  1. To disagree.

Translations

to disagree

Noun

  1. Disagreement with the ideas, doctrines, decrees, etc. of a political party, government or religion.
  2. An act of disagreeing with, or deviating from, the views and opinions of those holding authority.

French

Verb

Extensive Definition

Dissent is a sentiment or philosophy of non-agreement or opposition to an idea (eg. a government's policies) or an entity (eg. an individual or political party which supports such policies). The term's antonyms include agreement, consensus (when all or nearly all parties agree on something) and consent (when one party agrees to a proposition made by another).
Dissent may be expressed in many ways. In some political systems, dissent may be formally expressed by way of opposition politics, while politically repressive regimes may prohibit any form of dissent, leading to suppression of dissent and the encouragement of social or political activism. Individuals who do not conform or support the policies of certain states may be described as "dissidents," or in extreme cases, "enemies of the state".
Several thinkers have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent.
In a well known letter to Arnold Ruge, Karl Marx wrote: "if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be."

Quoting Traktung Rinpoche

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