[ strahyf ]
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  1. vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.

  2. a quarrel, struggle, or clash: armed strife.

  1. competition or rivalry: the strife of the marketplace.

  2. Archaic. strenuous effort.

Origin of strife

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English strif, from Old French estrif, akin to estriver; see strive

Other words for strife

Opposites for strife

Other words from strife

  • strifeful, adjective
  • strifeless, adjective
  • un·der·strife, noun

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How to use strife in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for strife


/ (straɪf) /

  1. angry or violent struggle; conflict

  2. rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind

  1. Australian and NZ trouble or discord of any kind: to get into strife

  2. archaic striving

Origin of strife

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

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