V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (v.) to disagree or to refrain from giving approval; (n.) disagreement or nonconformity
Synonyms: (v.) object, disagree, differ, (n.) objection, disagreement, nonconformity, discord
Antonyms: (v.) agree, consent, (n.) accord, harmony
Tips: Dissent often carries a religious connotation, meaning "disagreement with or breaking away from the established beliefs of a church." "Voices of dissent" is a common phrase used in the social context of a democratic society. Note: Do NOT confuse dissent with the similar sounding "descent" and "decent." Descent is a noun that means "a decline or the act of moving downward." Descent is an adjective that means "fitting, appropriate, or in good taste."
Most of those present at the town council meeting agreed with the new policy, but there were a few who expressed dissent. (disagreement) noun
The young man opted for a secular career rather than one in the ministry, because he dissented with the idea that priests should not marry. (disagreed, objected to) verb
There is common dissent within the rural community about the barring of fast-food restaurants in the area. (discord, disagreement) noun
The decision passed unanimously, without a single dissent. (objection) noun
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