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conflict

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of conflict

  1. 1 a lack of agreement or harmony the conflict between absolute freedom and personal responsibility Synonyms of conflict discord, disaccord, discordance, discordancy, disharmony, dissension (also dissention), dissent, dissidence, dissonance, disunion, disunity, division, friction, infighting, inharmony, schism, strife, variance, war, warfareWords Related to conflict clash, collision, competition, contention; altercation, argument, bicker, brawl, debate, disagreement, dispute, divide, fissure; falling-out, fight, hassle, jar, miff, mix-up, quarrel, row, run-in, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, wrangle; incompatibility, incongruence, incongruity, incongruousness, inconsistence, inconsistency, inconsonance, inharmoniousness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, cold war, enmity, hostility, ill will, rancorNear Antonyms of conflict concurrence, cooperationAntonyms of conflict accord, agreement, concord, concordance, harmony, peace

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups an armed conflict between strikers and strikebreakers Synonyms of conflict battle, clash, combat, fight, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, skirmish, struggle, tussleWords Related to conflict 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; catfightNear Antonyms of conflict truce

  3. 3 a state of armed violent struggle between states, nations, or groups the United Nations strives to prevent international conflicts Synonyms of conflict conflagration, war, hostilities, hot warWords Related to conflict civil war, cold war, holy war, limited war, police action, world war; action, battle, engagement, skirmish; combat, fighting, warfareNear Antonyms of conflict demilitarization, demobilization, disarmament; pacification; cease-fire, truce; calm, peacefulness, tranquillity (or tranquility)Antonyms of conflict peace

  4. 4 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another the eternal conflict between the forces of good and evil Synonyms of conflict ball game, battle, combat, competition, contest, confrontation, contention, dogfight, duel, face-off, grapple, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfareWords Related to conflict horse race, nail-biter; showdown; clash, collision, discord, friction; argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangleNear Antonyms of conflict concord, harmony, peace

Synonym Discussion of conflict

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

conflict

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of conflict

  1. to be out of harmony or agreement usually noticeably his statement conflicts with the facts, as given in the police report Synonyms of conflict collide, clash, disaccord, discord, jarWords Related to conflict battle, combat, engage, fight, war (against); chafe, gall, grate, jangle; differ, disagree, dissentNear Antonyms of conflict agree, assent, coincide, concur, correspondAntonyms of conflict accord, blend, conform (to or with), fit, harmonize, match



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