con·​flict·​ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd \

Definition of conflicted

: experiencing or marked by ambivalence or a conflict especially of emotions this unhappy and conflicted modern woman— John Updike conflicted feelings

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Synonyms & Antonyms for conflicted


ambivalent, equivocal



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Examples of conflicted in a Sentence

She was still conflicted about her ex-husband's remarriage. I'm conflicted about the prospect of our only child going away to college.

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Father Alexandre is a conflicted man in a way most of us can't relate to. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander Actor Yan Tual on His Character Father Alexandre's Excruciating Death," 22 Jan. 2019 The clip even caught the attention of some Democratic lawmakers, who were quite conflicted about whether to share the rapper's tape. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Impassioned Government Shutdown Video Even Had Lawmakers Talking," 17 Jan. 2019 Full of sad and conflicted women whose pals certainly don’t make an appearance. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Why Don't Women on Drama Shows Have Any Friends?," 27 Dec. 2018 Vanity Fair has a really sort of conflicted relationship here, right? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Vanity Fair helped create ‘the celebrity industrial complex.’ VF Editor Radhika Jones wants to investigate it.," 4 Oct. 2018 Yet the cut in banks’ research budgets is making analysts more dependent on other income streams—hence more conflicted, not less. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Dangerous Rise of Sponsored Stock Research," 28 Nov. 2018 The gay community has had a very conflicted approach to camp. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Notes on Camp: Andrew Bolton and Ryan Murphy Talk Queerness, Culture, and Kindness," 11 Oct. 2018 This is a 180 from early in Season 1, when Serena seemed like the harsher Waterford, and Fred came across as a conflicted guy with some guilt issues. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 13 Recap: 19 Startling Moments in 'The Word'," 11 July 2018 While individuals and families continue to cross the Mediterranean from this conflicted nation, the majority of migrants at this point hail from Africa. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Angela Merkel Warns Migration Could 'Make or Break' the EU," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of conflicted

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conflicted was in 1914

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English Language Learners Definition of conflicted

chiefly US : having or showing feelings that disagree with one another


con·​flict·​ed | \ kən-ˈflik-təd \

Medical Definition of conflicted

: having or experiencing emotional conflict working women were much more conflicted about working than full-time mothers were about staying homePeople

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to deny responsibility for

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