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Difference of opinion; disagreement. See Synonyms at conflict.

[Middle English dissencioun, from Old French dissension, from Latin dissēnsiō, dissēnsiōn-, from dissēnsus, past participle of dissentīre, to dissent; see dissent.]


disagreement, esp when leading to a quarrel. Also spelled: dissention
[C13: from Latin dissēnsiō, from dissentīre to dissent]


(dɪˈsɛn ʃən)

1. strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
2. difference in sentiment or opinion; disagreement.
[1300–50; < Latin dissēnsiō=dissent(īre) to dissent + -tiō -tion]



apple of discord An object or source of dispute; a bone of contention. Eris, Greek goddess of discord, angry at not having been invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, sought to foment discord among the wedding guests. She threw into their midst a golden apple inscribed “for the fairest.” When Hera, Pallas Athena, and Aphrodite each laid claim to the apple, Paris was called upon to decide the issue. He awarded the apple to Aphrodite, thus bringing upon himself the vengeance of the other two goddesses, to whose spite is attributed the fall of Troy.

at loggerheads At odds, in disagreement, quarreling. Although numerous explanations have been offered, the origin of this expression remains obscure. The OED suggests that a loggerhead (a long-handled instrument for melting pitch and heating liquids) may have been formerly used as a weapon.

I hear from London that our successors are at loggerheads. (John W. Croker, The Croker Papers, 1831)

at sixes and sevens See DISORDER.

bone of contention A subject of disagreement or dispute; a cause of discord. This expression is an expanded version of the simpler bone from the phrase cast a bone between. The discord created when a single bone is thrown among several dogs is the obvious source.

a crow to pluck A dispute or disagreement; a bone to pick. Of unknown origin, this expression appeared as early as 1460 in the Towneley mysteries; its earliest version was a crow to pull.

No, no, abide, we have a crow to pull.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissension - disagreement among those expected to cooperate
disagreement - the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
confrontation - discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
variance, division - discord that splits a group
2.dissension - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or charactersdissension - a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters
conflict - a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
disunity - lack of unity (usually resulting from dissension)
divide - a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)


noun disagreement, conflict, dissent, dispute, contention, quarreling, friction, strife, discord, discordance, conflict of opinion a great deal of dissension within the armed forces


نِزاع، خِلاف، شِقاق


[dɪˈsenʃən] Ndisensión f, desacuerdo m


[dɪˈsɛnʃən] n (= discord) → dissension f


[dɪˈsɛnʃn] n (frm) → dissenso


(diˈsent) noun
disagreement. There was a murmur of dissent.
(with from) to disagree. I dissent from the general opinion.
disˈsension (-ʃən) noun
disagreement. The proposal caused a great deal of dissension.
References in classic literature ?
The Grand Master thinks otherwise,'' said Mont-Fitchet; ``and, Albert, I will be upright with thee wizard or not, it were better that this miserable damsel die, than that Brian de Bois-Guilbert should be lost to the Order, or the Order divided by internal dissension.
But no favorable circumstances palliate or atone for the disadvantages of dissension in the executive department.
Now, Madame Danglars feared Eugenie's sagacity and the influence of Mademoiselle d'Armilly; she had frequently observed the contemptuous expression with which her daughter looked upon Debray, -- an expression which seemed to imply that she understood all her mother's amorous and pecuniary relationships with the intimate secretary; moreover, she saw that Eugenie detested Debray, -- not only because he was a source of dissension and scandal under the paternal roof, but because she had at once classed him in that catalogue of bipeds whom Plato endeavors to withdraw from the appellation of men, and whom Diogenes designated as animals upon two legs without feathers.
The sparks of dissension soon kindled into a blaze; and the colonies, or rather, as they quickly declared themselves, THE STATES, became a scene of strife and bloodshed for years.
After the hussars had come to the village and Rostov had gone to see the princess, a certain confusion and dissension had arisen among the crowd.
But as time went on and the Herculean nature of their task became more and more apparent they fell to grumbling, and to quarrelling among themselves, so that to the other dangers were now added dissension and suspicion.
SOME Apes who had deposed their king fell at once into dissension and anarchy.
The fact is, my dear fellow, there's dissension among the powers that be.
I reproach myself, most bitterly, for having been so unfortunate as to cause the dissension that occurred, although I did so, I assure you, most unwittingly and heedlessly.
The Renaissance enthusiasm had spent itself, and in place of the danger and glory which had long united the nation there followed increasing dissension in religion and politics and uncertainty as to the future of England and, indeed, as to the whole purpose of life.
This, says a certain learned author, who, I believe, was never quoted before in any but a law-book, would be the means of creating an eternal dissension between them.
For a long while she could hardly believe that their dissension had arisen from a conversation so inoffensive, of so little moment to either.