Dissension vs Contention - What's the difference?

dissension | contention |

As nouns the difference between dissension and contention

is that dissension is an act of expressing dissent, especially spoken while contention is struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate.




  • An act of expressing dissent, especially spoken.
  • Strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
  • * 1843 , E.A.Poe,
  • The natural scenery of America has often been contrasted, in its general features as well as in detail, with the landscape of the Old World—more especially of Europe—and not deeper has been the enthusiasm, than wide the dissension , of the supporters of each region.



    (en noun)
  • struggle, contest, strife, argument, debate
  • A point maintained in an argument, or a line of argument taken in its support; the subject matter of discussion of strife; a position taken or contended for.
  • It is my contention that state lotteries are taxes on stupid people.
  • (computing, telecommunications) Competition by parts of a system or its users for a limited resource.
  • Synonyms

    * gainstrife, (l), wrangling

    Derived terms

    * bone of contention