dissension vs dissent vs dissidents

dissension dissent dissidents


  • 1) An act of expressing dissent, especially spoken.
  • 2) Strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
  • 3) Difference of opinion; disagreement. synonym: conflict.
  • 4) Disagreement in opinion, usually of a violent character, producing warm debates or angry words; contention in words; partisan and contentious divisions; breach of friendship and union; strife; discord; quarrel.
  • 5) disagreement among those expected to cooperate
  • 6) Synonyms -Difference, dispute, variance.
  • 7) Disagreement in opinion; especially, violent disagreement which produces warm debate or angry words; contention in words; strife; discord; quarrel; breach of friendship or union.


  • 1) Anglo-American common law A separate opinion filed in a case by judges who disagree with the outcome of the majority of the court in that case
  • 2) An act of disagreeing with, or deviating from, the views and opinions of those holding authority.
  • 3) Disagreement with the ideas, doctrines, decrees, etc. of a political party, government or religion.
  • 4) Difference of opinion or feeling; disagreement.
  • 5) Law A judicial opinion reaching a conclusion contrary to that reached by the majority of judges deciding a case; a minority opinion.
  • 6) The refusal to conform to the authority or doctrine of an established church; nonconformity.
  • 7) obsolete Contrariety of nature; diversity in quality.
  • 8) (Eccl.) Separation from an established church, especially that of England; nonconformity.
  • 9) The act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement.
  • 10) a difference of opinion
  • 11) (law) the difference of one judge's opinion from that of the majority
  • 12) The act of dissenting; a holding or expressing of a different or contrary opinion; refusal to be bound by an opinion or a decision that is contrary to one's own judgment.
  • 13) Eccles., refusal to acknowledge or conform to the doctrines, ritual, or government of an established church, particularly in England and Scotland.
  • 14) A declaration of disagreement in opinion about something: as, the minority entered their dissent on the records of the house.
  • 15) Contrariety of nature; opposite quality.
  • 16) intransitive To differ from, especially in opinion, beliefs, etc.
  • 17) intransitive To disagree; to withhold assent. Construed with from (or, formerly, to).
  • 18) withhold assent
  • 19) To differ; be of a different or contrary nature.
  • 20) To be of a different or contrary opinion or feeling; withhold approval or assent: with from before the object.
  • 21) Eccles., to refuse to acknowledge, conform to, or be bound by the doctrines or rules of an established church. See dissenter.
  • 22) To have or express an opinion different from a prevailing or official position; disagree.
  • 23) Law To reach a conclusion contrary to the majority of the judges deciding a case; render a minority opinion.
  • 24) To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; -- followed by from.
  • 25) To differ; to be of a contrary nature.
  • 26) (Eccl.) To differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government.


  • 1) There was naught but envy and dissension between them, a sharp rivalry that lasted the whole of their lives.
  • 2) If nothing else I heard dissension between husband and wife.
  • 3) "Tonight you will," Raul said, leaving no room for dissension.
  • 4) ‘We know the media thrives on dissension, disagreement, conflict.’
  • 5) ‘The two tried to join forces, with Chiang as the head of the National Revolutionary Army, but dissension led to a civil war.’
  • 6) ‘It was a positive message to a church troubled, internationally and domestically, with dissension and discord.’
  • 7) ‘It is a doctrine of legalized favoritism that must, by its very nature, lead to dissension, corruption and tyranny.’
  • 8) ‘Amazingly though, their words and thoughts usually lead to yet more dissension, anger and violence.’
  • 9) ‘It has suffered since from political dissension and civil war.’
  • 10) ‘This exacerbated internal dissension and led, in 1894, to a split in the movement.’
  • 11) ‘So, tremendous dissension over here within the Transport Workers' Union.’
  • 12) ‘We will know such an effort has begun when dissension breaks out within America's key liberal institutions.’
  • 13) ‘After much dissension and debate Parliament voted for the move to Wellington as a city near the centre of the country.’
  • 14) ‘There was no mention of any debate or dissension about the tubes at all.’
  • 15) ‘No questions were allowed and there was no debate, dissension or discouraging words.’
  • 16) ‘Without that measure there will always be arguments, dissension and massive problems.’
  • 17) ‘Throughout these years of steady lay involvement, however, dissension within the group continued.’
  • 18) ‘Political opposition to the Confederate government matched dissension within the western army.’
  • 19) ‘When others choose not to practice within the boundaries, dissension and even errors can result.’
  • 20) ‘The collapse of the coup in the face of mass protests and dissension within the military required a shifting of gears.’
  • 21) ‘In essence, we have an elected king and any real dissension within the government tends to hand all those powers to the opposition.’
  • 22) ‘This incident is not the first serious outbreak of dissension within the security forces this year.’
  • 23) ‘There is no room for dissension in our ranks, no place for you to disagree with me.’


  • 1) He handled dissent with humour and reasoned argument.
  • 2) The increasingly hard line taken by the authorities to crush dissent has drawn a growing number of protests internationally.
  • 3) ‘I have continually argued for France's right to express its dissent from the opinion of the international community.’
  • 4) ‘It is at delicate moments in world affairs, such as this, that expressions of widespread dissent from opinion-formers can become a real political force.’
  • 5) ‘He pointed out that it was easy to exaggerate the importance of Australian expressions of dissent from Allied plans, and Curtin's messages.’
  • 6) ‘Brown wrote the Committee for the Nation expressing his dissent from the President's gold purchasing program in late 1933.’
  • 7) ‘Protest, chant, yell, shout your dissent from the rooftops.’
  • 8) ‘The policy has apparently generated little dissent from within the Scouts.’
  • 9) ‘This is the first sign of an Opposition shaping up to reflect current dissent from so many of current government policies.’
  • 10) ‘There have been some signs of dissent from Barnaby Joyce and Queensland Liberal Senator David Johnston about the states' rights implications of the plans.’
  • 11) ‘One is composed of intellectuals, people who preach dissent from the values of the ‘core culture.’’
  • 12) ‘But this is exactly the model that China has chosen to take - with little in the way of dissent from the ‘international community’.’
  • 13) ‘But in a move seen as an attempt to quell this dissent from the back benches, Mr Cullen announced the abolition of plans for the direct election of mayors.’
  • 14) ‘To march is a symbolic act not only of dissent from the government's position but to remind everyone that a people is not - and can never be - the same as a regime.’
  • 15) ‘An ‘anti-national’ Press is not alone in its dissent from the orchestrated spectacle.’
  • 16) ‘There is some dissent from this among the comments - particularly Carrie.’
  • 17) ‘Yet the organisation, with no dissent from the Executive or the Crown Office, continues to stand by its discredited experts.’
  • 18) ‘These words provoked no murmurs of dissent from this largely Republican crowd.’
  • 19) ‘The move caused widespread discontent in the Conservative Party and open dissent from leading modernisers.’
  • 20) ‘He has just about put the lid on dissent from within the Cabinet.’
  • 21) ‘Fair enough, but why did we hear so little dissent from within the movement?’
  • 22) ‘When a state's appropriation imparts too generous a benefit to religion alone, the establishment clause should provide a pathway to dissent.’
  • 23) ‘It called for a new crackdown on doctrinal dissent, and recommended a papal investigation of American seminaries, the subtext of which was to blame gays.’
  • 24) ‘That kind of perspective teaches me the need to respect dissent, nonconformity, and liberty of conscience as priority Baptist values.’
  • 25) ‘Historians sometimes make the mistake of thinking that early modern religious dissent argues secularization.’
  • 26) ‘Their readings have roots in and derive their stimulus from historical and political schema of dissent outlined in the biblical narratives.’
  • 27) ‘They issue Tracts carrying forward a debate about Anglican identity: the Church of England would be Catholic but it would stand against Popery on the one hand and dissent on the other.’
  • 28) ‘A theology of dissent has become the new establishment.’
  • 29) ‘The Inquisition's actions would be excessive today because we have the leisure to tolerate dissent with no threat to our survival - not as yet, at any rate.’
  • 30) ‘Or in the face of dissent when his party had lost their way and run short of food the avid Bible student resorted to his Scriptures.’
  • 31) ‘I maintained that my dissent was not from core tenets of Catholic faith, but from noninfallible church teachings.’
  • 32) ‘No thesis of theology escapes criticism, and no edict is exempt from conscientious dissent.’
  • 33) ‘One perspective reflected a background of English / Welsh dissent and the other a Scots / Irish covenanter tradition.’
  • 34) ‘Any dissent or questioning of the group's teachings is discouraged.’
  • 35) ‘A state religious court evaluating nonconformity or dissent deserves whatever answers it receives.’
  • 36) ‘Church, democracy and dissent: Paul Rule reviews two books by Paul Collins.’
  • 37) ‘Are you getting at the fact that perhaps what we see in religious practice is not so much dissent, active opposition, but a kind of muddling through?’
  • 38) ‘It seems to me that this approach to dissent has the potential to be pastorally disastrous.’
  • 39) ‘Rotherham did not help their cause when they had a player sent off for dissent after arguing the decision to award a short corner.’
  • 40) ‘On the next Lancaster defence one of Bury's players was sent out for dissent to the referee.’
  • 41) ‘Showing dissent at umpiring decisions can amount to violation of the conduct code for players.’
  • 42) ‘Not even a week has passed since his reprieve and Ganguly has been penalised again, this time for showing dissent against an umpiring decision.’
  • 43) ‘The referee is surrounded by a mass of home team players, three of whom are cautioned for dissent, and the goalkeeper is sent off violent conduct.’
  • 44) ‘She has written or joined eighty-seven dissents from court decisions she deemed insufficiently activist in scope and character.’
  • 45) ‘Simmons-Harris, was of course the most newsworthy aspect of the decision, but the dissents were no less revealing.’
  • 46) ‘Thus, over 2 strong dissents, the Court did not permit the misappropriation claim.’
  • 47) ‘The two-clerk era, saw an annual average of 107 opinions of the court, 78 dissents and 33 concurrences.’
  • 48) ‘Now consider this dissent from Planned Parenthood vs. Casey by Antonin Scalia.’
  • 49) ‘He took the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench.’
  • 50) ‘One suspects that their ultimate target was Justice Rehnquist's dissent in Jaffree, and that their goal was to repair the damage to Everson's foundation.’
  • 51) ‘In his biting dissent Justice Antonin Scalia charged that Justice Stevens' unusual approach was a result of judicial bias.’
  • 52) ‘That this is Justice White's position is clearly affirmed by Justice John Paul Stevens' comments on Justice White's dissent.’
  • 53) ‘Thus Justice Douglas' dissent was based on an unproven supposition.’
  • 54) ‘Seven judges expressed a separate opinion, while two dissented from the majority.’
  • 55) ‘He tangled with other cardinals and disciplined church officials who dissented from official church policy.’
  • 56) ‘Not one Supreme Court justice dissented from the Moyer opinion, which was drafted by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.’
  • 57) ‘No respondent dissented from the vocational view, but teachers rarely voiced it.’
  • 58) ‘However, some Democrats dissented from that conclusion.’
  • 59) ‘Even before the dramatic escalation of hostilities yesterday, two Labor MPs publicly dissented from Labor's position.’
  • 60) ‘Only one Senator out of the hundred dissented from the passage of the Patriot Act, which is providing unprecedented powers for law enforcement bodies.’
  • 61) ‘They don't extend to justices who have dissented from the principle.’
  • 62) ‘Some of them were actually aggressive, convinced that anyone who dissented from the view that their child was a genius must be motivated by malice.’
  • 63) ‘When I dissented from the liberal line on race, the Texas papers depicted me as a racist.’
  • 64) ‘But a significant minority in the Conservative Party dissented from this view.’
  • 65) ‘Only a fool likes to hear the sound of his own voice. We welcome dissenting opinions.’
  • 66) ‘The third judge, Lord Justice Neuberger, dissented from this, stating that he did not consider it conducive to a fair trial.’
  • 67) ‘Alito, on the Circuit Court had dissented from the majority and said that Congress had the right to so act.’
  • 68) ‘Most participants dissented from time to time and said they did not want to go on, but the researcher would prod them to continue.’
  • 69) ‘On every matter on which he could have dissented from the Government in its formation, he has gone with the Government.’
  • 70) ‘People can disagree, differ and dissent, even within the ruling party, without this negatively affecting the stability of our country and the peace that we continue to enjoy.’
  • 71) ‘For the right it is an article of faith that scientists are dogmatic atheists with the will and the power to crush anyone who dissents from orthodoxy.’
  • 72) ‘What's the difference between dissenting by deciding and taking the law into your own hands?’
  • 73) ‘He can be unpredictable and even manage to dissent from established opinion, if only on the margin.’
  • 74) ‘Along the way, Fraser reminds us, various sects dissented and established parochial schools.’
  • 75) ‘That is, we dissented from somebody else's religion, and we paid the price for it.’
  • 76) ‘Baptists dissented from a state religion that claimed the right to determine what should be believed and how belief should be practiced.’
  • 77) ‘There developed in Qumran a Jewish sect that dissented from Sadduceanism and was hostile to the Pharisians.’

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