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

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


[dɪˈsenʃən] Ndisensión f, desacuerdo m
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[dɪˈsɛnʃən] n (= discord) → dissension f
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[dɪˈsɛnʃn] n (frm) → dissenso
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
SOME Apes who had deposed their king fell at once into dissension and anarchy.
For a long while she could hardly believe that their dissension had arisen from a conversation so inoffensive, of so little moment to either.
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.
Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States For the Independent Journal.
Among the wonderful deeds of Hannibal this one is enumerated: that having led an enormous army, composed of many various races of men, to fight in foreign lands, no dissensions arose either among them or against the prince, whether in his bad or in his good fortune.
These are the chief causes of revolutions and dissensions in governments.
On the contrary, we know that the ruin of one of them proceeded from the incapacity of the federal authority to prevent the dissensions, and finally the disunion, of the subordinate authorities.
Thus two opposite parties were formed; and so fierce were the dissensions that it was feared the consequence would be civil war and bloodshed.
But he now found he had been mistaken, and that the dissensions of those brutes in his country were owing to the same cause with ours, as I had described them.
"Your quarrels with the parliament, your noisy dissensions with the princes, who fight for you to-day and to-morrow will fight against you, the popular following directed by the coadjutor, President Blancmesnil, and Councillor Broussel -- all that disorder, in short, which pervades the several departments of the state, must lead you to view with uneasiness the possibility of a foreign war; for in that event England, exalted by the enthusiasm of new ideas, will ally herself with Spain, already seeking that alliance.
The dissensions between Charles the First and his subjects were then, and for several years afterwards, confined to the floor of Parliament.
It is true, none of us understood the questions at issue; but that only made the matter worse; the violence of all dissensions being very generally in proportion to the ignorance and consequent confidence of the disputants.