[ verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt ]
/ verb kənˈflɪkt; noun ˈkɒn flɪkt /
verb (used without object)
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.
SYNONYMS FOR conflict
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Origin of conflict
1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) <Latin conflīctus a striking together, equivalent to conflīg(ere) to strike together, contend (con-con- + flīgere to strike) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) <Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by v. use of the noun
synonym study for conflict
3. See fight.
OTHER WORDS FROM conflict
con·flic·tion, nouncon·flic·tive, con·flic·to·ry [kuhn-flik-tuh-ree], /kənˈflɪk tə ri/, adjectivenon·con·flic·tive, adjectivepre·con·flict, verb (used without object)
pre·con·flict, nounself-conflict, nounun·con·flic·tive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for conflict
The week following Miss Palmer's and Sidney's outing, was a week of conflictions for her.The Forged Note|Oscar Micheaux
British Dictionary definitions for conflict
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
verb (kənˈflɪkt) (intr)
to come into opposition; clash
Derived forms of conflictconfliction, nounconflictive or conflictory, adjective
Word Origin for conflict
C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike
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Medical definitions for conflict
[ kŏn′flĭkt′ ]
A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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