- full of conflicting emotions or impulses: a situation that makes one feel very conflicted.
Origin of conflicted
- to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert.
- to fight or contend; do battle.
- a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
- controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
- discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.
- a striking together; collision.
- incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.
- Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
Origin of conflict
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Examples from the Web for conflicted
Sure, they have children, and sure her feelings were conflicted but this did not make sense in the way it was written and played.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale
December 22, 2014
As Weber writes, the film “would rather Katniss be a conflicted hero instead of a romantic lead.”Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
The State Department official said he, too, was conflicted about the programs.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
According to Einöther, research is conflicted about the benefits of caffeine over 100 milligrams.Forget 5-Hour Energy: Tea Is a Better Buzz
July 22, 2014
In 2008, he published a terrifyingly depressing account of the consequences of conflicted science, Doubt is Their Product.The Republican Street Fight Over Transparency in Government
March 26, 2014
It conflicted with every other emotion that governed his being.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
But somehow it conflicted with all Sir Bryan's articles of faith.Peak and Prairie
He was never impatient of advice even when it conflicted with his own views.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
Lawton's "best" conflicted dynamically with the captain's orders.The Sky Trap
Frank Belknap Long
Everything that conflicted with that authority, or with the decrees of the Church, was condemned.History of Education
- a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
- a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
- a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
- psychol opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses
- to come into opposition; clash
- to fight
Word Origin and History for conflicted
early 15c., "armed encounter, battle," from Old French conflit and directly from Latin conflictus (see conflict (v.)). Meaning "struggle, quarrel" is from mid-15c. Psychological sense of "incompatible urges in one person" is from 1859 (hence conflicted, past participle adjective). Phrase conflict of interest was in use by 1743.
- A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.