- 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.
Origin of strife
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Related Wordssquabble, warfare, clash, discord, disunity, disagreement, fighting, dissension, quarrel, wrangle, friction, animosity, controversy, rivalry, conflict, dispute, wrangling, bickering, contention, combat
Examples from the Web for strife
If the flames of separatism in Punjab seemed to be simmering, the secessionist strife in Kashmir was just peaking.Farewell to Manmohan Singh, India’s Puppet Prime Minister
January 5, 2014
History records internal Jewish strife to match and challenge the violence of the Judean war against the Seleucids.Don't Let the Maccabees Win
December 4, 2013
It took a decade of tumult and strife, but in the end: they did.How Margaret Thatcher Saved Britain and Changed the World
April 8, 2013
Brooke Astor had lived for more than a century—a century marked by progress and strife.Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly
September 29, 2012
The coup ushered in decades of strife and eventually a civil war that would last 36 years and leave 200,000 dead.Guatemala: A Losing Battle in the War on Drugs?
September 16, 2012
Here, perhaps, may be found the symbolic clue to the strife's cause.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.The Devil's Dictionary
In it we do not know the evil passions which ambition and strife are said to arouse.Night and Morning, Complete
When once war was declared there was no drawing back from the strife.My Double Life
- 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 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.