Definition of dissension in English:



mass noun
  • Disagreement that leads to discord.

    ‘these issues caused bitter dissension in the party’
    count noun ‘the mill was the cause of a dissension in 1620’
    • ‘So, tremendous dissension over here within the Transport Workers' Union.’
    • ‘It has suffered since from political dissension and civil war.’
    • ‘There was no mention of any debate or dissension about the tubes at all.’
    • ‘The collapse of the coup in the face of mass protests and dissension within the military required a shifting of gears.’
    • ‘It is a doctrine of legalized favoritism that must, by its very nature, lead to dissension, corruption and tyranny.’
    • ‘We will know such an effort has begun when dissension breaks out within America's key liberal institutions.’
    • ‘When others choose not to practice within the boundaries, dissension and even errors can result.’
    • ‘After much dissension and debate Parliament voted for the move to Wellington as a city near the centre of the country.’
    • ‘Without that measure there will always be arguments, dissension and massive problems.’
    • ‘We know the media thrives on dissension, disagreement, conflict.’
    • ‘In essence, we have an elected king and any real dissension within the government tends to hand all those powers to the opposition.’
    • ‘This exacerbated internal dissension and led, in 1894, to a split in the movement.’
    • ‘There is no room for dissension in our ranks, no place for you to disagree with me.’
    • ‘It was a positive message to a church troubled, internationally and domestically, with dissension and discord.’
    • ‘This incident is not the first serious outbreak of dissension within the security forces this year.’
    • ‘Amazingly though, their words and thoughts usually lead to yet more dissension, anger and violence.’
    • ‘Throughout these years of steady lay involvement, however, dissension within the group continued.’
    • ‘Political opposition to the Confederate government matched dissension within the western army.’
    • ‘The two tried to join forces, with Chiang as the head of the National Revolutionary Army, but dissension led to a civil war.’
    • ‘No questions were allowed and there was no debate, dissension or discouraging words.’
    disagreement, difference of opinion, dispute, dissent, variance, conflict, friction, strife, discord, discordance, discordancy, disunion, disaffection, rivalry, antagonism
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Middle English: via Old French from Latin dissensio(n-), from the verb dissentire (see dissent).