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fight

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fight

  1. 1 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups <a troubled youth who got into one fight after another> Synonyms battle, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussle Related Words pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfight Near Antonyms truce

  2. 2 a forceful effort to reach a goal or objective <the mayoral candidate pledged to lead a successful fight to improve the city's schools> Synonyms battle, struggle, fray, scrabble, throesRelated Words effort, exertion, labor, pains, trouble, work; drudgery, grind, sweat, toil, travail; combat, conflict, contest, strife, tussle, war, warfare; attempt, endeavor, essay, try

  3. 3 an inclination to fight or quarrel <a tough, streetwise kid with a lot of fight in him> Synonyms aggression, aggressiveness, assaultiveness, bellicosity, belligerency, combativeness, contentiousness, defiance, disputatiousness, feistiness, belligerence, militance, militancy, militantness, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, scrappiness, truculenceRelated Words antagonism, fierceness, hostility, hyperaggressiveness, unfriendliness; imperialism, jingoism, militarism; acidity, biliousness, captiousness, crabbiness, crankiness, crossness, disagreeableness, fractiousness, fretfulness, grouchiness, grumpiness, huffiness, irascibility, irascibleness, irritability, irritableness, orneriness, peevishness, pettishness, petulance, querulousness, rudeness, surliness, testiness, waspishnessNear Antonyms antiaggression, anti-imperialism, antimilitarism; affability, amiability, amicability, benevolence, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, graciousness, pleasantness, sociability; gentleness, kindliness, mildness; amenability, complaisance, placabilityAntonyms nonaggression, pacifism

  4. 4 an often noisy or angry expression of differing opinions <the couple have their share of fights, but they quickly get over them> Synonyms altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argy-bargy [chiefly British], battle royal, bicker, brawl, contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, donnybrook, falling-out, argument, hassle, imbroglio, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, rhubarb, row, scrap, set-to, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangleRelated Words clash, run-in, skirmish, tangle, tussle; logomachy; feud, vendetta; attack, contention, dissension (also dissention); debate, difference, disputation; fuss, objection, protest, protestation; affray [chiefly British], fisticuffs, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée); catfight




fight

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of fight

  1. 1 to oppose (someone) in physical conflict <a proud people who have fiercely fought all invaders of their homeland> Synonyms battle, clash (with), combat, scrimmage (with), skirmish (with), war (against) Related Words duel, joust; bang, bash, bat, batter, beat, belt, bludgeon, bop, buffet, clobber, hammer, hit, knock, paste, pound, punch, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, smite, sock, strike, swat, swipe, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale; box, spar; brawl; grapple, scuffle, tussle, wrestle; bump, collide Near Antonyms give up, submit, surrender

  2. 2 to strive to reduce or eliminate <a civil rights leader who dedicated his life to fighting prejudice> Synonyms battle, combat, contend (with), counter, oppose, oppugn Related Words baffle, checkmate, foil, frustrate, resist, thwart, withstand; confront, defy, face, meet Near Antonyms abide, bear, endure, suffer; advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, uphold Antonyms advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote

  3. 3 to engage in a contest <everyone on that street seems to be fighting to see who can create the gaudiest holiday lighting display> Synonyms battle, contend, face off, compete, race, rival, vieRelated Words challenge, engage, play; jockey, jostle, maneuver; go out, try out; train, work

  4. 4 to express different opinions about something often angrily <if you kids continue to fight, I'm turning this car around and we're heading back home!> Synonyms altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, brawl, controvert, dispute, fall out, argue, hassle, jar, quarrel, quibble, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangleRelated Words challenge, dare, defy; clash, contend, contest, tangle; cavil, fuss, nitpick; consider, debate, discuss; kick, object, protestNear Antonyms coexist, get along; accept, agree, assent, concur, consent

  5. 5 to refuse to give in to <I tried to fight the temptation to eat another cookie—and lost> Synonyms buck, defy, resist, oppose, repel, withstandRelated Words battle, combat, contend (with); challenge, contest, contradict, dispute; baffle, balk, foil, frustrate, thwart; check, counter, hinder, obstruct, stemAntonyms bow (to), capitulate (to), give in (to), knuckle under (to), stoop (to), submit (to), succumb (to), surrender (to), yield (to)





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