1. [ noun ] a difference of opinion
Related terms: disagreement disagree
2. [ noun ] (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority

"he expressed his dissent in a contrary opinion"

Related terms: objection law
3. [ verb ] withhold assent

"Several Republicans dissented"

Related terms: assent disagree
4. [ verb ] fight back, also metaphorically
Synonyms: protest resist

: "His body protested against the harsh training"

Related terms: oppose rebel strike rebel march protest dissenter demonstrator
5. [ verb ] be of different opinions
Synonyms: disagree take_issue differ

"I beg to differ!" "She disagrees with her husband on many questions"

Related terms: agree contradict clash dispute disagreement dissenter
6. [ noun ] the act of protesting; a public (often organized) manifestation of dissent
Synonyms: protest objection
Related terms: resistance demonstration direct_action walkout boycott protest
Similar spelling:   dissenter