Dissent (v.) - Dissenter
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To hold or express views and opinions that disagree with those prevailing in their society.
History & Etymology
Dissent comes from a word I love and hadn’t ever really thought about existing.
The opposite of consensus, when people disagree.
Consisting of two parts Dis- from Latin meaning ‘different’ and Sentire meaning “to think or feel.’
Dissensus came into English from French after the Norman Conquest. The root of the word Sentire stretches all the way back through Latin to the reconstructed PIE word sent-. This word is the ancestor of many words throughout many european languages including many Germanic languages including early English.
And just as it sounds it’s also the distant root of words like Send, like to send a message. The PIE word sent- meant to go or to find your way. In the Germanic language family the word maintained a very literal meaning while in the Latin and Romance languages it took on a more metaphorical one, of sensing and sensation.