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see nonconformistsnonconformists,
in religion, those who refuse to conform to the requirements (in doctrine or discipline) of an established church. The term is applied especially to Protestant dissenters from the Church of England.
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He meant to show the High Churchmen how absurd and wicked was their desire to punish the Dissenters for worshiping God in their own way.
I don't see why you should have been so surprised because I was a dissenter.
Thee dostna believe but what the dissenters and the Methodists have got the root o' the matter as well as the church folks.
Indeed I have little doubt,' said Flora, running on with astonishing speed, and pointing her conversation with nothing but commas, and very few of them, 'that you are married to some Chinese lady, being in China so long and being in business and naturally desirous to settle and extend your connection nothing was more likely than that you should propose to a Chinese lady and nothing was more natural I am sure than that the Chinese lady should accept you and think herself very well off too, I only hope she's not a Pagodian dissenter.
Viewing their religious liberties here, as held only by sufferance, yet bound to them by all the ties of conviction, and by all their sufferings for them, could they forbear to look upon every dissenter among themselves with a jealous eye?
Then I have no doubt,' said Mrs Nickleby, 'that it was with him my great-grandfather went to school; for I know the master of his school was a dissenter, and that would, in a great measure, account for the Cock-lane Ghost's behaving in such an improper manner to the clergyman when he grew up.
Casilao warned that such reward offer will increase human rights violations as it will blur the line between armed rebels and legitimate political dissenters and activists.
By way of background, I was the senior partner for accounting and financial reporting matters at one of the major accounting firms for many years and dealt with many lone dissenters on difficult client issues.
Look at Budha, look at genuine religious leaders; they were all dissenters in the very genuine sense of the word.
The board of directors of Kenexa, in connection with the MoU, had adopted a resolution granting all Kenexa shareholders dissenters rights in connection with the merger.
The parliamentary group of Bulgarian far-right party Ataka may collapse, as three more dissenters are reportedly set to leave it.
Wellspring of Liberty: How Virginia's Religious Dissenters Helped Win the American Revolution and Secured Religious Liberty.