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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To be in or come into opposition; differ.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To engage in warfare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To be at odds (with); to disagree or be incompatible
  • v. To overlap (with), as in a schedule.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A striking or dashing together; violent collision.
  • n. A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting.
  • intransitive v. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.
  • intransitive v. To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle.
  • intransitive v. To be in opposition; to be contradictory.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Latin cōnflīctus, collision, from past participle of cōnflīgere, to strike together : com-, com- + flīgere, to strike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere ("to strike together"), from com- ("together") (a form of con-) + fligere ("to strike")

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