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conflict

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2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups

  • an armed conflict between strikers and strikebreakers
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3 a state of armed violent struggle between states, nations, or groups

  • the United Nations strives to prevent international conflicts
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4 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another

  • the eternal conflict between the forces of good and evil
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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

conflict

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to be out of harmony or agreement usually noticeably

  • his statement conflicts with the facts, as given in the police report
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