Dissent - descent - descend
From Hull AWE
- To descend is a verb meaning 'to go down'. It is pronounced 'di-SEND', IPA: /dɪ ˈsɛnd/. The past tense is descended. The noun of related meaning, in both literal (moving) and figurative (mostly genealogical) senses, is descent, pronounced 'di-SENT', IPA: /dɪ ˈsɛnt/; it sounds the same as dissent.
- To dissent is a verb meaning 'to disagree'. It is pronounced 'dis-ENT', IPA: /dɪ ˈsɛnt/; past tense dissented. The noun of similar meaning is dissent. For most speakers, the sound of dissent is identical to that of descent - they are homophones. See also Dissent - dissident.