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(from Lat. dissentire, “to disagree”). In its broadest sense, one who disagrees in matters of opinion or belief; hence one who departs from an est. or state ch.

Gen. refers to a mem. of a religious body in Eng. which has separated from the Est. Ch.; usually restricted to the Prots. (e.g., Presbs., Congs., Baps., Quakers) referred to in the Act* of Toleration of 1689 (which did not include RCs and Unitarians). See also Puritans.

Because the term acquired a contemptuous connotation it was replaced by “nonconformist.*” Later groups not assoc. with state or est. chs. were called “free chs.

See also Conventicle.

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