conflict

noun
con·​flict | \ ˈkän-ˌflikt How to pronounce conflict (audio) \

Definition of conflict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : fight, battle, war an armed conflict
2a : competitive or opposing action of incompatibles : antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons) a conflict of principles
b : mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands His conscience was in conflict with his duty.
3 : the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction The conflict in the play is between the king and the archbishop.

conflict

verb
con·​flict | \ kən-ˈflikt How to pronounce conflict (audio) , ˈkän-ˌflikt \
conflicted; conflicting; conflicts

Definition of conflict (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be different, opposed, or contradictory : to fail to be in agreement or accord His statement conflicts with the facts.
2 archaic : to contend in warfare

Other Words from conflict

Noun

conflictful \ ˈkän-​ˌflikt-​fəl How to pronounce conflict (audio) \ adjective
conflictual \ kän-​ˈflik-​chə-​wəl How to pronounce conflict (audio) , kən-​ , -​chəl , -​shwəl , -​chü-​əl \ adjective

Verb

confliction \ kən-​ˈflik-​shən How to pronounce conflict (audio) , kän-​ \ noun
conflictive \ kən-​ˈflik-​tiv How to pronounce conflict (audio) , ˈkän-​ˌflik-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for conflict

Noun

discord, strife, conflict, contention, dissension, variance mean a state or condition marked by a lack of agreement or harmony. discord implies an intrinsic or essential lack of harmony producing quarreling, factiousness, or antagonism. a political party long racked by discord strife emphasizes a struggle for superiority rather than the incongruity or incompatibility of the persons or things involved. during his brief reign the empire was never free of civil strife conflict usually stresses the action of forces in opposition but in static applications implies an irreconcilability as of duties or desires. the conflict of freedom and responsibility contention applies to strife or competition that shows itself in quarreling, disputing, or controversy. several points of contention about the new zoning law dissension implies strife or discord and stresses a division into factions. religious dissension threatened to split the colony variance implies a clash between persons or things owing to a difference in nature, opinion, or interest. cultural variances that work against a national identity

Examples of conflict in a Sentence

Noun In great wars—the American Civil War, the First and Second World Wars—the largest casualties are suffered just before the conflicts end. — Steve Forbes, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2009 At a moment when the country was still in the throes of the conflict over Vietnam, it was refreshing to see the best of America. — Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006 … for work-family conflicts to disappear, two rock-ribbed institutions must change: the whole concept of children's care, and the way the workplace works. — Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Family Politics, 1983 The basic conflict in the novel is, of course, between the life on the river, where Huck finds innocence, brotherhood with man, and communion with nature, and life ashore, where, stage by stage, he discovers the corruption of society … — Robert Penn Warren, Democracy and Poetry, (1975) 1976 a conflict between two gangs recent violent conflict in the region Everyone in my family always tries to avoid conflict. There was inevitable conflict over what to name the group. They're having serious conflicts over the budget. I don't see any conflicts between the theories. You'll need to resolve the conflict between your parents' plans for you and your own ambitions. Verb Mr. van Wolferen says the U.S. must do more: It has to openly explain to Japan that it wants a managed-trade deal in order to end the bickering between the two nations, a move that would conflict with America's free-trade rhetoric. — David P. Hamilton, Wall Street Journal, 8 June 1995 The expectations about motherhood as full-time job that this situation created conflicted with the philosophy of the women's movement of the l960's. — Anita Shreve, New York Times Magazine, 2l Nov. 1982 Lily smiled faintly at the injunction to take her tea strong. It was the temptation she was always struggling to resist. Her craving for the keen stimulant was forever conflicting with that other craving for sleep … — Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, 1905 Reports conflicted on how many people were involved. his statement conflicts with the facts, as given in the police report See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some officials are concerned that Americans jailed in Russia could be used as leverage in the ongoing conflict. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 13 May 2022 The president initially said the crisis wasn’t created by him, laying the blame on global factors such as the pandemic’s impact on the tourism industry and higher global oil prices caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The Christian Science Monitor, 10 May 2022 In an earnings report, Warrior Met stated that the price of met coal has increased 220% year-over-year, in part due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 9 May 2022 Anastasia is a French Ukrainian academic who’s studying the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine. The New Yorker, 5 May 2022 The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has worsened the crisis, pushing food and fuel prices to a near all-time high. Priya Sippy, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 The increasing numbers of civilians fleeing Ukraine, Russian exposure to radiation and an additional $800 million in aid to Ukraine are among some consequences of the ongoing conflict in Europe. Sarah Elbeshbishi, USA TODAY, 24 Apr. 2022 The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is disrupting global supplies of one of the world's most vital minerals — the potassium-rich mineral salt potash, considered essential to America's economy and national security. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2022 Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing conflict has only added to the worries about rising inflation crimping economic growth. Damian J. Troise, ajc, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For years, the company resisted changes to its content rules that would seemingly conflict with that value, often declining to remove threats, and racist and sexist tweets from the platform. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 But that would conflict with New Hampshire law, which dictates the state's presidential primary must be first in the nation. Isabella Murray, ABC News, 23 Mar. 2022 Patrick Kane, Toews’ partner in three Stanley Cup runs between 2010 and 2015, said Tuesday the front office’s rebuilding mission doesn’t necessarily conflict with his and other veterans’ desire for a quick turnaround. Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune, 27 Apr. 2022 Doesn’t really significantly conflict with the federal descent decree from 2015, the city of Cleveland and the department of justice agreed to change that dissent decree, [00:12:00] descent consent decree to incorporate the new 13 member committee. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 Mar. 2022 That data calls into question not only Robinhood’s defense that free trading can only be done with PFOF, but also its claim that the use of PFOF does not conflict with its duty to get clients best execution. Steven Tian, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2022 Employee turnover could be causing logjams that could conflict with leads’ expectations. William Arruda, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Different gardeners will generally have varying ideas as to what is best for their plants and gardens, resulting in recommendations that can conflict at times. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 12 Mar. 2022 Late environmental rules that conflict with Biden’s ambitious climate agenda can mostly be reversed, some just as hastily as they were implemented. Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg.com, 21 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of conflict

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for conflict

Noun

Middle English conflicte, conflyte "battle, struggle, assault," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French conflykte, conflict, borrowed from Latin conflīctus "striking together, clash," from conflīgere "to strike together, bring into collision, do battle, contend" (from con- con- + flīgere "to strike, dash down") + -tus, suffix of action nouns — more at profligate entry 1

Verb

Middle English conflicten "to engage in battle, fight," borrowed from Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere "to strike together, bring into collision, do battle, contend" — more at conflict entry 1

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More Definitions for conflict

conflict

noun
con·​flict | \ ˈkän-ˌflikt How to pronounce conflict (audio) \

Kids Definition of conflict

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an extended struggle : battle
2 : a clashing disagreement (as between ideas or interests)

conflict

verb
con·​flict | \ kən-ˈflikt How to pronounce conflict (audio) \
conflicted; conflicting

Kids Definition of conflict (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be in opposition Their goals conflict. The meeting conflicts with my appointment.

conflict

noun
con·​flict | \ ˈkän-ˌflikt How to pronounce conflict (audio) \

Medical Definition of conflict

: mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands

Other Words from conflict

conflictful \ ˈkän-​ˌflikt-​fəl How to pronounce conflict (audio) \ adjective
conflictless \ ˈkän-​ˌflik-​tləs How to pronounce conflict (audio) \ adjective
conflictual \ kän-​ˈflik-​ch(ə-​w)əl, kən-​ How to pronounce conflict (audio) \ adjective

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