-sion, -sions

(Latin: a suffix found at the end of some words that make certain verbs become nouns.)

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disillusion (dis" i LOO zhuhn) (s) (noun), disillusions (pl)
A condition, or fact, of being disenchanted, disappointed, or realizing that one's belief is not true: After experiencing the disillusion about Josh being in love with her, Therese decided she had to have no further contact with him.
dissension (s) (noun), dissensions (pl)
A difference of opinion, a quarrel, or a dispute: There was a lot of dissension which included derogatory accusations by the two politicians who were running for mayor of the city.

Dissension is said to be the difference between the man who knows it all and the other man who knows it all OR it’s an argumentative debate to which one can contribute either light or heat, but not both.


It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.

—C.W. Leadbeater
Violent quarreling or wrangling and discord.
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diversion (di VUHR zhuhn, di VUHR shuhn, digh VUHR zhuhn) (s) (noun), diversions (pl)
1. An action that takes another person's attention away from something else: The rainbow in the sky was a beautiful diversion for the children while their parents were driving on the highway.
2. A change in the purpose or the use of something from what was intended or from what it was previously: While she was baking in the kitchen, Sarah saw a package of chocolate chips that became a welcome diversion of the kind of cookies she was thinking about baking; which was, chocolate chip instead of peanut butter.
3. A change in the direction or the path of something: The rock slide in the mountains caused a diversion of traffic along the nearby highway.
4. An activity or interest that takes a person's mind off more routine or serious things: Jason joined a golf club as a diversion from the pressures of his work at the bank.
5. An action aimed at distracting the attention of others from the place of an intended destination: When the children were playing hide and seek in the park, Elaine tossed a stone into the bushes to create a noisy diversion while she ran to hide behind a park bench.
6. Etymology: from Middle French diversion, from Late Latin diversionem, diversio and from Latin divertere, "in different directions"; blended with devertere, "to turn aside,"; from dis-, "aside" and de-, "from" + vertere, "to turn".
Going in a different direction or turning away from a set course into a different direction.
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division (di VIZH uhn) (s) (noun), divisions (pl)
1. Anything that functions as a separation into parts or sections: A hedge was used as a division between the properties of the two neighbors.
2. A procedure that is used in mathematics to find out how often a number is in another numerical quantity: First the students learned to multiply numbers, then they were taught the skills of the division of such symbols as, 9 by 3 = 3.
3. A group of people who participate in a specialized profession of a large organization: Karl was a reporter in the news division of the TV station.
4. A special military organization: An army division consists of five brigades.
5. A team of people who are nearly the same age, stature, gender, etc. who compete in sports against each other: The soccer players from one division of the country won the final game in the series by one point over those in the other division.
6. A composition of people in different communities, countries, etc., who do not have the same beliefs or ways of living which separates them from each other: There have been serious divisions between the government and the rebels which have resulted in many deaths and so much destruction that thousands of people have been forced to flee into other countries in order to survive.

The division within the church between those who wanted a professional choir and those who wanted a volunteer choir was causing conflicts that disturbed the other members of the congregation.

effusion (i FYOO zhuhn) (s) (noun), effusions (pl)
1. An instance of giving off an odor or smell: There was an intensely malodorous effusion coming from under the porch at the back of Sara's house that was from a skunk because it was defending itself from the threats of her dog which was barking at it.
2. In medicine, an escape of fluid into a body cavity: The surgeon installed a thin tube into the incision of the abdomen of the patient which would control the effusion, allowing it to drain out of the body and not contribute to possible infections.
3. An instance of unrestrained speech or writing: Although initially very controlled, the convocation speaker eventually spoke with great effusion about the future that lay before the graduate students.
egression (i GRESH uhn) (s) (noun), egressions (pl)
An act of going out; especially, from an inclosed or confined area; a departure; an outward passage: The egression of the elephants from the circus tent was accompanied by loud music.
elusion (i LOO zhuhn) (s) (noun), elusions (pl)
1. The action of escaping cleverly from danger, pursuit, etc.: One of Mike's favorite cartoon characters, Hein, practiced elusion at work by hiding from his boss to take a nap.
2. An instance of escaping someone or something with deception: The embezzlers, Tim and Jim, celebrated their elusion of the police a little too soon, because they were caught the next day.
emersion (i MUHR zhuhn, i MUHR shuhn) (s) (noun), emersions (pl)
1. The act or process of coming out of something; making an appearance: Greta's emersion from obscurity in her company to a position of leadership was amazing.
2. The appearance of a moon, a planet, or other heavenly bodies after an eclipse: Using a strong telescope, the astronomer was able to chart the emersion of the distant planet after the eclipse of the sun.
emission (i MISH uhn (s) (noun), emissions (pl)
1. The act of causing to flow out: Tipping the filled water pitcher on its side caused the emission of all the water, which poured out onto the table.
2. The outpouring of a liquid from a pipe: When the farmer turned the water main on, there was an emission of water from the concrete conduit as it flowed into the orchard to water the trees.
3. The action of small particles or substances moving away from a central source: The emission of heat from the fireplace soon warmed the entire room.
4. One of a number of ways in which something may be discharged out of the body: Coughing is a way to facilitate the emission of phlegm from the throat.
5. Something that has been discharged or released from the body: Dr. Smith sent a sample of the emission of pus from the patient's wound to the laboratory to be analyzed.
emulsion (i MUHL shuhn) (s) (noun), emulsions (pl)
A mixture that results when one liquid is added into another one, but they do not dissolve in it: Examples of emulsions include a combination of oil in water, fat in milk, and oil in vinegar.

Cream is a yellowish oil in an emulsion of milk which separates when they are allowed to stay in a container for a period of time.

An emulsion of very small grains of silver bromide and gelatin are used to make the surface of photographic film sensitive to light.

evasion (i VAY zhuhn) (s) (noun), evasions (pl)
An act of avoiding something unpleasant or to manage not to do anything which should be done: Al can't continue with his evasion of taking the final exam if he wants to pass the course in chemistry.

When Sara leaned forward to kiss Jerome goodbye, after breaking up with him to be with another person, he made an evasion by pretending to sneeze.

eversion (i VUHR zhuhn) (s) (noun), eversions (pl)
1. The act or fact of something being turned inside out: Carol is always astonished about the eversions of the pillow cases after being washed because before they were put in the washing machine, they had the right sides out.
2. The outwardly twisting of one's foot or feet: Because of the injury of his ankle which caused a painful eversion, Charles had to buy special shoes that would fit and not cause him any further suffering.
excision (ik SIZ uhn) (s) (noun), excisions (pl)
1. Often an editorial term for examining material from a manuscript or other written documents: Stephen’s editor wanted the excision of several paragraphs from his new book, thinking it would improve the cohesiveness of the novel; however, the author disagreed and refused to agree with the excision.
2. A surgical act or procedure to remove something that may cause illness or harm in a patient: The careful excision by the surgeon removed the tumor from the football player's knee and he was assured that the wound would heal and he would be able to play again soon.
3. Excommunication or banishment from a church congregation or refusing an individual the right to participate in the religious activities of a specific church: When a young man was arrested for a series of robberies and the pastor was informed of his multiple misdeeds, there was an excision of the person's name from membership.
explosion (ik SPLOH zhuhn) (s) (noun), explosions (pl)
1. The action of driving out, or of issuing forth, with violence and noise: When the golfer hit the ball out of the sand trap, there was an explosion of sand and gravel as the ball sailed through the air for a long distance.
2. A result of going off with a loud noise under the influence of suddenly developed internal energy; also used in reference to electric discharges or to a boiler, bomb, gun, etc.: The explosion of the gun shot in the corridor of the school frightened the children and caused the principal to immediately contact the police.
3. The action of suddenly bursting or flying in pieces from a primary cause: There was nothing but debris, or wreckage, on the ground after the midair explosion that destroyed the small aircraft as it was taking off; unfortunately, the pilot did not survive.
4. A sudden increase in size or number; such as, a population: With the successful drilling of water wells in the desert community, there was an explosion of people who moved there from a nearby overly crowded city.
expression (ik SPRESH uhn) (s) (noun), expressions (pl)
1. A look on a person's face that conveys a thought or feeling: David's mother listened to him with an expression of disbelief as he was trying to explain how he fell into a mud puddle and got so filthy.

Usually when someone grins or smiles, he or she is making an expression of happiness, pleasure, or satisfaction.

2. A presentation of one's feelings or opinions: In a democracy, everyone should have the freedom of expression regarding his or her views about the government.

The convicted criminal showed an expression of disappointment as the judge sentenced him to life in prison.