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Topic: GROUPINGS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: dissidere 'to sit apart, disagree', from sedere 'to sit'

dissident

noun
     
dis‧si‧dent [countable]
PPG someone who publicly criticizes the government in a country where this is punished:
a political dissident
dissident adjective [only before noun]
dissident writers
dissidence noun [uncountable]
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