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Dictionary Definition

dissidence n : disagreement; especially disagreement with the government

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  1. The state of being dissident; dissent

Extensive Definition

A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution. When individual dissidents unite in a common cause they may become known as a dissident movement.

Soviet dissidents

The term dissident was used in the Soviet Union during the period of 1965-1985, including Brezhnev stagnation, for citizens who overtly (or sometimes even subtly) criticized the practices or the authority of the Communist party. The people who used to write, tear and who distributed non-censored non-conformist literature samizdat were criticized in the newspapers. It was common to criticize an author in newspapers without publishing any of his works. Then, many people accepted the term dissident with respect to themselves. This radically changed the meaning of the term: instead of criminal, who opposes the society, the term got meaning of non-conformist, who insists on the officially published laws, including the international agreements, signed by the Soviet government. Important part of activity of dissidents was informing the society (Both inside the Soviet Union and in foreign countries) about violation of laws and human rights; see Chronicle of Current Events (samizdat) and Moscow Helsinki Group.

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dissidence in Bulgarian: Дисидент
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dissidence in Hebrew: דיסידנט
dissidence in Georgian: დისიდენტი
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dissidence in Polish: Dysydent (polityka)
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dissidence in Finnish: Toisinajattelija
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dissidence in Vietnamese: Người bất đồng chính kiến
dissidence in Chinese: 持不同政见者

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