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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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  • Rumors of family dissension, however, have been laid to rest.
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  • The real issue is how to keep a balance between progress and dissension.
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  • But as school opened again this fall the controversy continued to rage, with dissension splitting faculty, board and alumni.
  • There was also dissension within the selection panel.
  • Arguing that such a vote shouldn't be allowed due to some dissension is not only disingenuous but downright undemocratic.
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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