strife

noun
\ ˈstrīf How to pronounce strife (audio) \

Definition of strife

1a : bitter sometimes violent conflict or dissension political strife
b : an act of contention : fight, struggle
2 : exertion or contention for superiority
3 archaic : earnest endeavor

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strifeless \ ˈstrī-​fləs How to pronounce strifeless (audio) \ adjective

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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 strife in a Sentence

in order to avoid family strife, the children spend equal time during the holidays with both of their grandmothers bitter strife between the two political factions

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This dynamic has deepened tensions between many native French and second-generation immigrants, adding cultural and ethnic strife to the already volatile environment created by socioeconomic malaise. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 Small countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and the Philippines are reporting outbreaks of violence and political strife that local activists blame partly on Facebook. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 If the Capital Gazette shooting is a harbinger of a new era where local media organizations face serious safety threats as well as debilitating financial strife, the consequences could be dire, Dalglish said. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "Capital Gazette shooting highlights the dangers facing today's journalists," 3 July 2018 The Mammals bring folk-Americana activism back to G.A.R. Hall CLEVELAND, Ohio - Social issues and strife have always been triggers for folk music, as much as complacency has been an anathema. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "'Game of Thrones' creators to write, produce new series of 'Star Wars' movies," 6 Feb. 2018 Getty Images Anyone who has ever been banished to the kiddie table knows their strife. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Charlotte Isn't Allowed to Sit With Her Parents During Royal Visit Dinners," 2 June 2018 Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who is entrenched in a lawsuit with President Trump, will receive the key to the city of West Hollywood on Wednesday as officials honor for her legal strife. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels set to be honored in West Hollywood," 23 May 2018 But the economic strife is more severe this time round. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Sudan’s Deadly Protests Pressure President’s Three-Decade Rule," 28 Dec. 2018 But Truaxe has been vocal about the alleged strife facing the company, even amid wait lists in the thousands and glowing product reviews. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Deciem's Founder Says the Skin-Care Brand Is Temporarily Shutting Down," 8 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of strife

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strife

Middle English strif, from Anglo-French estrif, estri, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch striden to fight, Old High German strītan to quarrel — more at stride

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strife

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English Language Learners Definition of strife

formal : very angry or violent disagreement between two or more people or groups

strife

noun
\ ˈstrīf How to pronounce strife (audio) \

Kids Definition of strife

: bitter and sometimes violent disagreement political strife

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