Definition of dissension in English:



  • Disagreement that leads to discord.

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