1. One who dissents; one who differs in opinion, or declares his disagreement.
2. Eccl. One who separates from the service and worship of an established church; especially, one who disputes the authority or tenets of the Church of England; a nonconformist.
Dissenters from the establishment of their several countries. --Burke.
Robert Brown is said to have the first formal dissenter. --Shipley.
Note: ☞ “The word is commonly applied only to Protestants. The Roman Catholics are generally referred to as a distinct class.”
n : a person who dissents from some established policy [syn: dissident,
protester, objector, contestant]