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.
- strifeful, adjective
- strifeless, adjective
- un·der·strife, noun
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How to use strife in a sentence
Their bonds become solid and even unshakable, no matter what strife they face.The rise and rise and rise of the Fast & Furious franchise | Emily VanDerWerff | June 25, 2021 | Vox
They kicked off the new season with a serious reflection on internal strife at the Times, grappling with their own feelings about the “N Word.”
They’re amazed that Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War as part of the International Brigades and that poetry appeared in radical journals in the midst of the strife.
Then imagine being shocked at the strife and hostility that results.Ted Cruz maintains ties to right-wing group despite its extremist messaging | Beth Reinhard, Neena Satija | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
That sense of abandon and determination guarantees that the next era of social strife might once again find Gang of Four as its soundtrack.
Left and right think the way to address racial strife is through policy.
There were stories of distant strife, in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland, and those stories had the whiff of a different era.
Sectarian strife now empowers the civil wars in Syria, Iraq and Yemen and Al Qaedaism flourishes in the chaos.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea | Bruce Riedel | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With so many areas for potential strife, none of the past five Home Secretaries lasted more than two years in the job.
After all, the biggest names in the art world have cultivated their craft through heartbreak and emotional strife.Miley Cyrus Channels Her Bad Year Into Rave-Kid Art | Justin Jones | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Never would the instance that had brought turmoil and strife into his life trouble him again.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Woe is me, my mother: why hast thou borne me a man of strife, a man of contention to all the earth?The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The utmost circumspection became necessary, and the young preacher had to bear up against much strife and opposition.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
Midway down the page was more about the threatened strife in the numbers racket.
It shocked me greatly, she said; but perhaps the old man is happier in a world far from strife and care.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
British Dictionary definitions for strife
angry or violent struggle; conflict
rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
Australian and NZ trouble or discord of any kind: to get into strife
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