noun \ˈstrīf\

: very angry or violent disagreement between two or more people or groups

Full Definition of STRIFE

a :  bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension <political strife>
b :  an act of contention :  fight, struggle
:  exertion or contention for superiority
archaic :  earnest endeavor
strife·less \ˈstrī-fləs\ adjective

Origin of STRIFE

Middle English strif, from Anglo-French estrif, estri, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch striden to fight, Old High German strītan to quarrel — more at stride
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of STRIFE

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism <a political party long racked by discord>. strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved <during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife>. conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires <the conflict of freedom and responsibility>. contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy <several points of contention about the new zoning law>. dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions <religious dissension threatened to split the colony>. variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest <cultural variances that work against a national identity>.

Rhymes with STRIFE

STRIFE Defined for Kids


noun \ˈstrīf\

Definition of STRIFE for Kids

:  bitter and sometimes violent disagreement <political strife>


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