- vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.
- a quarrel, struggle, or clash: armed strife.
- competition or rivalry: the strife of the marketplace.
- Archaic. strenuous effort.
Origin of strife
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Examples from the Web for strifeful
Egil's sons were tall and strifeful; they were most unfair men.The story of Burnt Njal
Coming from the Chattan tribe I must hope the centuries since that strifeful day have brought reëxpansion to the Chattans.The Spell of Scotland
These things being so, it is foolish to say that these victories and this strifeful gain are matters of merely racial application.
- angry or violent struggle; conflict
- rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
- Australian and NZ trouble or discord of any kindto get into strife
- archaic striving
Word Origin and History for strifeful
early 13c., from Old French estrif, variant of estrit "quarrel, dispute, impetuosity," probably from Frankish *strid, from Proto-Germanic *strido- "strife, combat" (cf. Old High German strit "quarrel, dispute"), related to Old High German stritan "to fight;" see stride.