- 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</p>
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.