early 14c., from Old French dissension (12c.) and directly from Latin dissensionem (nominative dissensio) "disagreement, difference of opinion, discord, strife," noun of action from past participle stem of dissentire "disagree" (see dissent).
1. The tax cut issue has caused dissension among administration officials.
2. dissension within the government
3. The group dissolved in dissension.
4. His words caused a great deal of dissension among his followers.
5. It was hobbled first by incompetence and internal dissension.