American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A state of open, often prolonged fighting; a battle or war.
- n. A state of disharmony between incompatible or antithetical persons, ideas, or interests; a clash.
- n. Psychology A psychic struggle, often unconscious, resulting from the opposition or simultaneous functioning of mutually exclusive impulses, desires, or tendencies.
- n. Opposition between characters or forces in a work of drama or fiction, especially opposition that motivates or shapes the action of the plot.
- v. To be in or come into opposition; differ.
- v. Archaic To engage in warfare.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike or dash together; meet in opposition; come together violently.
- To contend; fight; strive; struggle.
- To be in opposition; be contrary or at variance: as, the evidence given by the second witness conflicted with that given by the first.
- n. A struggle for mastery; a striving to oppose or overcome; a battle or combat; contention; controversy; strife.
- n. Discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism, as of interests or principles; counteraction, as of causes, laws, or agencies of any kind; opposing action or tendency; opposition; collision: as, a conflict of the elements, or between right and wrong.
- n. A clash or disagreement, often violent, between two opposing groups or individuals.
- n. An incompatibility, as of two things that cannot be simultaneously fulfilled.
- v. intransitive To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible
- v. intransitive To overlap (with), as in a schedule.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A striking or dashing together; violent collision.
- n. A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting.
- v. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.
- v. To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle.
- v. To be in opposition; to be contradictory.
- n. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
- v. be in conflict
- v. go against, as of rules and laws
- n. a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
- n. a disagreement or argument about something important
- n. an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
- n. opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
- n. an incompatibility of dates or events
- n. opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
- From Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere ("to strike together"), from com- ("together") (a form of con-) + fligere ("to strike") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin cōnflīctus, collision, from past participle of cōnflīgere, to strike together : com-, com- + flīgere, to strike. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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