- strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
- difference in sentiment or opinion; disagreement.
Origin of dissension
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Examples from the Web for dissension
Ford emphasized that dissension and anger at the Assad family is reaching a tipping point among the Alawi.How to Beat ISIS and Assad
September 5, 2014
But aging stars, a dismal season, and dissension in the front office are dragging the franchise down.What Happens to Los Angeles Lakers After Death of Jerry Buss?
February 19, 2013
Plus, fights and dissension are always a good sign that something fun will happen during the show.The Material Super Bowl: Madonna, Ferris Bueller—and the Game, Too
February 3, 2012
This dissension led to much unnecessary trouble and bloodshed.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
The dissension that now reigned throughout the land was great.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
Great laughter among the Seniors, and signs of dissension in the Den.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
If they crackle or start away from each other, dissension and separation are ahead.The Book of Hallowe'en
Ruth Edna Kelley
It may too, by negligence, become a provoker of dissension and enmity.The Young Maiden</p>
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
- disagreement, esp when leading to a quarrel
Word Origin and History for dissension
early 14c., from Old French dissension (12c.) and directly from Latin dissensionem (nominative dissensio) "disagreement, difference of opinion, discord, strife," noun of action from past participle stem of dissentire "disagree" (see dissent).