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dissension

noun dis·sen·sion \di-ˈsen(t)-shən\

Simple Definition of dissension

  • : disagreement that causes the people in a group to argue about something that is important to them

Full Definition of dissension

  1. :  disagreement; especially :  partisan and contentious quarreling

Examples of dissension

  1. The incident has caused a lot of dissension within the police department.

  2. Religious dissension threatened to split the colony.



Variants of dissension

also dis·sen·tion play \di-ˈsen(t)-shən\

Origin of dissension

Middle English, from Anglo-French discension, from Latin dissension-, dissensio, from dissentire


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of dissension

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>.

Rhymes with dissension



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