[ verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt ]
See synonyms for: conflictconflictedconflictingconflicts on

verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

  2. to fight or contend; do battle.

  1. a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.

  2. controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.

  1. discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.

  2. a striking together; collision.

  3. incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.

  4. Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.

Origin of conflict

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English (noun), from Latin conflīctus “a striking together,” equivalent to conflīg(ere) “to strike together, contend” (con- con- + flīgere “to strike”) + -tus suffix of verb action; (verb) from Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by verb use of the noun

synonym study For conflict

3. See fight.

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Other words from conflict

  • con·flic·tion, noun
  • con·flic·tive, con·flic·to·ry [kuhn-flik-tuh-ree], /kənˈflɪk tə ri/, adjective
  • non·con·flic·tive, adjective
  • pre·con·flict, verb (used without object)
  • pre·con·flict, noun
  • self-con·flict, noun
  • un·con·flic·tive, adjective

Words Nearby conflict Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use conflict in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conflict


  1. a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle

  2. a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy

  1. a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time

  2. 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

verb(kənˈflɪkt) (intr)
  1. to come into opposition; clash

  2. to fight

Origin of conflict

C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike

Derived forms of conflict

  • confliction, noun
  • conflictive or conflictory, adjective

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