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

Nearby words

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  2. disseminated sclerosis,
  3. disseminated tuberculosis,
  4. dissemination,
  5. disseminule,
  6. dissent,
  7. dissenter,
  8. dissenters,
  9. dissentient,
  10. dissenting opinion

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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British Dictionary definitions for dissension



disagreement, esp when leading to a quarrel

Word Origin for dissension

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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