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conflict

[verb kuhn-flikt; noun kon-flikt]
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.
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noun
  1. a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
  2. controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
  3. discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.
  4. a striking together; collision.
  5. incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.
  6. Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
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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
Related formscon·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-con·flict, nounun·con·flic·tive, adjective

Synonyms

Synonym study

3. See fight.

Antonyms

4. accord.
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Examples from the Web for self-conflict

Historical Examples

  • The force of his self-conflict took all the colour from his lips, all the light from his eyes.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young


British Dictionary definitions for self-conflict

conflict

noun (ˈkɒnflɪkt)
  1. a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
  2. a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
  3. a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
  4. 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
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verb (kənˈflɪkt) (intr)
  1. to come into opposition; clash
  2. to fight
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Derived Formsconfliction, nounconflictive or conflictory, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike
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Word Origin and History for self-conflict

conflict

v.

early 15c., from Latin conflictus, past participle of confligere "to strike together, be in conflict," from com- "together" (see com-) + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). Related: Conflicted; conflicting.

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conflict

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-conflict in Medicine

conflict

(kŏnflĭkt′)
n.
  1. A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.
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