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1. To differ in opinion; to be of unlike or contrary sentiment; to disagree; followed by from. The bill passed . . . Without a dissenting voice. (Hallam) Opinions in which multitudes of men dissent from us. (Addison)

2. To differ from an established church in regard to doctrines, rites, or government.

3. To differ; to be of a contrary nature.

Origin: L. Dissentire, dissentum; dis- _ sentire to feel, think. See sense.

1. The act of dissenting; difference of opinion; refusal to adopt something proposed; nonagreement, nonconcurrence, or disagreement. The dissent of no small number [of peers] is frequently recorded. (Hallam)

2. Separation from an established church, especially that of England; nonconformity. It is the dissidence of dissent and the protestantism of the protestant religion. (Burke)

3. Contrariety of nature; diversity in quality. The dissent of the metals. (Bacon)

Synonym: disagreement, variance, difference, nonconcurrence, nonconformity.