[ strahyf ]
/ straɪf /


vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.
a quarrel, struggle, or clash: armed strife.
competition or rivalry: the strife of the marketplace.
Archaic. strenuous effort.

Nearby words

  1. stridor,
  2. stridulate,
  3. stridulatory,
  4. stridulous,
  5. stridulously,
  6. strigiform,
  7. strigil,
  8. strigilate,
  9. strigose,
  10. strijdom

Origin of strife

1175–1225; Middle English strif < Old French estrif, akin to estriver to strive

Related formsstrife·ful, adjectivestrife·less, adjectiveun·der·strife, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for strife


/ (straɪf) /


angry or violent struggle; conflict
rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
Australian and NZ trouble or discord of any kindto get into strife
archaic striving

Word Origin for strife

C13: from Old French estrif, probably from estriver to strive

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Word Origin and History for strife



early 13c., from Old French estrif, variant of estrit "quarrel, dispute, impetuosity," probably from Frankish *strid, from Proto-Germanic *strido- "strife, combat" (cf. Old High German strit "quarrel, dispute"), related to Old High German stritan "to fight;" see stride.

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