American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Heated, often violent dissension; bitter conflict. See Synonyms at discord.
- n. A struggle, fight, or quarrel.
- n. Contention or competition between rivals.
- n. Archaic Earnest endeavor or striving.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A striving or effort to do one's best; earnest attempt or endeavor.
- n. Emulative contention or rivalry; active struggle for superiority; emulation.
- n. Antagonistic contention; contention characterized by anger or enmity; discord; conflict; quarrel: as, strife of the elements.
- n. Synonyms and Strife, Contention. These words agree in being very general, in having a good sense possible, and in seeming elevated or poetical when applied to the organized quarrels of war or to anything more than oral disputes. Strife is the stronger. Contention often indicates the more continued and methodical effort, and hence is more often the word for rivalry in effort to possess something. Such a rivalry, when definite in form and limited in time, is a contest: as, the contests of the Creek games. A contention that is forcible, violent, exhausting, or attended with real or figurative convulsions or contortions, is a struggle. See battle, encounter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic The act of striving; earnest endeavor.
- n. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts.
- n. Altercation; violent contention; fight; battle.
- n. obsolete That which is contended against; occasion of contest.
- n. bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension
- n. lack of agreement or harmony
- From Old French estrif, from Frankish strīban, ultimately of Germanic origin, compare German Streit ("quarrel, dispute") and Icelandic stríð ("war") and Dutch strijd. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English strif, from Old French estrit, estrif, from Frankish *strīd. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Aren't you making that examination a bit more difficult to do by pretending that it need not be done, and that the strife is already o'er, the battle done, and the "moderates" have beaten back the ideological challenge of the "extremists"?”
“A contemporary phenomenon related to this strife is the emanation of self-proclaimed "victims" who try to further their own, tendentious agendas by manipulating public opinion.”
“Pretending that most Americans have even the slightest clue about the current details of the strife is way, way off the mark.”
“Only strife is that I think the vanilla glaze tastes a little too powdered sugary or fake, next time I'll try flavoring it a little better!”
“The only strife is that it doesn't hold its shape too well but that okay ...”
“French unions have a long tradition of street protests, but the current strife is particularly worrisome because it has touched the vital energy sector and is drawing often volatile youth into the mix.”
“Though Dr. Sarna doesn't mention it, perhaps part of the explanation for this lack of denominational strife is because all the movements are experiencing a trend toward greater Jewish ritual practice.”
“In a world where political strife is too often settled with violence, we come here every four years to bestow the power of the Presidency upon our democratically elected leader.”
“Where the strife is for conquest, — not for wisdom;”
“Maybe you need a history lesson because while the Soviet Union was in strife in 1989 Bush Sr. didn't say anything either way and just let them sort it out.”
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