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  1. strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
  2. difference in sentiment or opinion; disagreement.
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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


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1. strife. See quarrel1.
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  1. disagreement, esp when leading to a quarrel
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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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