disagreement in opinion, usually of a violent character, producing warm debates or angry words; contention in words; partisan and contentious divisions; breach of friendship and union; strife; discord; quarrel. Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them. (acts xv. 2) Debates, dissension, uproars are thy joy. (Dryden) A seditious person and raiser-up of dissension among the people. (Robynson (mores Utopia))

Origin: L. Dissensio: cf. F. Dissension. See dissent.

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