V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: a person who strongly disagrees with and publicly criticizes a group or organization
Synonyms: dissenter, separatist, non-conformer, rebel, renegade
Tips: A dissident is a person who disagrees with a group, company, or government agency and publicly criticizes the organization. The adjective dissident refers to expressing disagreement. Dissident is similar to malcontent in both the noun and adjective form. A dissident is more official and more publicly outspoken than a malcontent.
There are many Cuban dissidents who speak out against Castro. (separatists, dissenters)
The Confederates were dissidents who wanted to separate the Confederate states from the Union. (dissenters, separatists)
He is known for his dissident views, as he complains to everyone about how much he hates this company. (malcontent, unhappy) adjective
Some dissident protestors go over the line and behave in a way that is unpatriotic and anti-US. (malcontent, unhappy, radical) adjective
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