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[dih-sen-shuh n] /dɪˈsɛn ʃən/
strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
difference in sentiment or opinion; disagreement.
Origin of dissension
1300-50; Middle English dissenciun, dissensio(u)n < Anglo-French < Latin dissēnsiōn- (stem of dissēnsiō), equivalent to dissēns(us) (past participle of dissentīre; dissent- (see dissent) + -tus past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
1. strife. See quarrel1 . Unabridged
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  • This dissension led to much unnecessary trouble and bloodshed.

  • The dissension that now reigned throughout the land was great.

  • 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

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • The dissension filled the camp with excitement, agitation, and ill will.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • But I disapprove of sowing the seeds of dissension in any church.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
British Dictionary definitions for dissension


disagreement, esp when leading to a quarrel
Word Origin
C13: from Latin dissēnsiō, from dissentīre to dissent
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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).

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