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Definitions for dissension
dɪˈsɛn ʃəndis·sen·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discord, dissensionnoun

    disagreement among those expected to cooperate

  2. disagreement, dissension, dissonancenoun

    a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters


  1. dissensionnoun

    An act of expressing dissent, especially spoken.

  2. dissensionnoun

    Strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Disagreement; strife; discord; contention; difference; quarrel; breach of union.

    Etymology: dissensio, Latin.

    Friend now, fast sworn,
    Whose hours, whose bed, whose meal, whose exercise,
    Are still together; who twine, as ’twere, in love,
    Unseparable, shall within this hour,
    On a dissension of a doit, break out
    To bitterest enmity. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts,
    That no dissension hinder government. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    He appeased the dissension then arising about religion. Richard Knolles.

    In wealth and multitude, factious they grow;
    But first among the priests dissension springs. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    Debates, dissensions, uproars are thy joy;
    Provok’d without offence, and practis’d to destroy. Dryden.


  1. dissension

    Dissension refers to disagreement or conflict among a group of people due to differences in opinions, beliefs, or interests. It often leads to discord, disharmony, or contention.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissensionnoun

    disagreement in opinion, usually of a violent character, producing warm debates or angry words; contention in words; partisan and contentious divisions; breach of friendship and union; strife; discord; quarrel

  2. Etymology: [L. dissensio: cf. F. dissension. See Dissent.]


  1. Dissension

    Dissension is the 60th Magic: The Gathering set, 38th expert level set, and the third and final set in the Ravnica Block, released on May 5, 2006.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissension in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of dissension in a Sentence

  1. Lee Greenwood:

    And I told her, Well, that's what freedom brings. Freedom brings dissension — but it also brings unity, when a crisis comes, i was visible and very involved in America's rebuilding right after 9/11, as you know. And I continue to do that. I try to get rid of divisiveness and breed unity.

  2. John McCain:

    Today’s indictment is a result of the hard work of America’s law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm, these revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy.

  3. H. G. Wells:

    A time will come when a politician who has wilfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with mens lives should not stake their own.

  4. Kirk Limacher:

    United Airlines can not return the unvaccinated pilots to the cockpit because — aside from the various practical problems with testing and masking — we would face serious and widespread objections from the vaccinated pilots, in fact the objections among our vaccinated pilots are so strongly held that many of them would simply refuse to fly with the accommodated pilots. The distractions and dissension this would cause in the workforce represent an unacceptable safety risk.

  5. Primo Levi:

    In order for the wheel to turn, for life to be lived, impurities are needed, and the impurities of impurities in the soil, too, as is known, if it is to be fertile. Dissension, diversity, the grain of salt and mustard are needed: Fascism does not want them, forbids them, and that's why you're not a Fascist; it wants everybody to be the same, and you are not. But immaculate virtue does not exist either, or if it exists it is detestable.

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