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 (More's Utopia))

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

(01 Mar 1998)

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