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dissension

noun
variants: also

dissention

Synonyms and Antonyms of dissension

  1. 1 a lack of agreement or harmony religious dissension threatened to split the colony Synonyms of dissension conflict, disaccord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, discord (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, division, friction, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfareWords Related to dissension clash, collision, competition, contention; altercation, argument, bicker, brawl, debate, disagreement, dispute, divide, fissure; falling-out, fight, hassle, jar, miff, mix-up, quarrel, row, run-in, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle; incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, inconsistence, inconsistency, inconsonance, inharmoniousness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, cold war, enmity, hostility, ill will, rancorNear Antonyms of dissension concurrence, cooperationAntonyms of dissension accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace

  2. 2 variance of opinion on a matter continued dissension among historians on the exact spot of Columbus's first landing Synonyms of dissension contestation, controversy, debate, difference, difficulty, disputation, dispute, disagreement (also dissention), dissensus, firestorm, nonconcurrenceWords Related to dissension clash, collision, conflict, confliction, disaccord, discord, dissonance; apartness, divarication, division; combat, contention, strife, struggle; altercation, argument, bicker, falling-out, fight, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, set-toNear Antonyms of dissension acceptance, compliance; concord, peaceAntonyms of dissension accord, agreement, consensus, harmony, unanimity

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


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