- 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 conflict
The two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dead.
World War II is still a long way off, but the seeds of conflict are already being sown on the continent.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
January 2, 2015
So here we are with Abbas being the only one of three parties to this conflict still fighting for a two-state solution.
Plus, expect outside players to take actions related to the conflict.
The current conflict it fuels is now poised to last long into the new year.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will.
There had been in her gaze a conflict of emotions, strong and baffling.Within the Law
In every case of a conflict of authority, we must "obey God rather than men."
They must always obey the law, so long as it does not conflict with the law of God.
- 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 conflict
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.