internal conflict


noun

psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense: Hamlet's inaction is caused by internal conflict.
mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.

Nearby words

  1. internal carotid nerve,
  2. internal carotid plexus,
  3. internal cerebral vein,
  4. internal clock,
  5. internal combustion engine,
  6. internal conjugate,
  7. internal conversion,
  8. internal ear,
  9. internal elastic lamina,
  10. internal energy


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