2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Strife \Strife\, noun [OF. estrif. See {Strive}.]

1. The act of striving; earnest endeavor. [Archaic] --Shak.

2. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts.

Doting about questions and strifes of words. --1 Tim. vi. 4.

Thus gods contended -- noble strife Who most should ease the wants of life. --Congreve.

3. Altercation; violent contention; fight; battle.

Twenty of them fought in this black strife. --Shak.

These vows, thus granted, raised a strife above Betwixt the god of war and queen of love. --Dryden.

4. That which is contended against; occasion of contest. [Obs.] "Lamenting her unlucky strife." --Spenser.

Syn: Contest; struggle; quarrel. See {Contention}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: lack of agreement or harmony [syn: {discord}, {strife}]

2: bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension

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