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dissension Line breaks: dis|sen|sion
Pronunciation: /dɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)n/

Definition of dissension in English:


[mass noun]
Disagreement that leads to discord: this manoeuvre caused dissension within feminist ranks [count noun]: the mill was the cause of a dissension in 1620
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  • We know the media thrives on dissension, disagreement, conflict.
  • The two tried to join forces, with Chiang as the head of the National Revolutionary Army, but dissension led to a civil war.
  • It was a positive message to a church troubled, internationally and domestically, with dissension and discord.


Middle English: via Old French from Latin dissensio(n-), from the verb dissentire (see dissent).

Words that rhyme with dissension

abstention, apprehension, ascension, attention, circumvention, comprehension, condescension, contention, contravention, convention, declension, detention, dimension, extension, gentian, hypertension, hypotension, intention, intervention, invention, mention, misapprehension, obtention, pension, prehension, prevention, recension, retention, subvention, supervention, suspension, tension
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