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
In fact, how agricultural workers and engineers partnered with public health officials the world over at mid-century, during times of geopolitical strife, provides precisely the kind of unexpected object lessons necessary for surviving the present.The secret weapon for distributing a potential covid-19 vaccine | Joanna Radin | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
Instead, the tech platforms face a near-term future of deepening strife, ever-tougher decisions on content labeling and takedowns, and two sides determined to audit their every move.How 2020's razor-edge election could scar Facebook and other tech giants | Scott Rosenberg | November 6, 2020 | Axios
If you can’t, get extra security for your office ahead of potential civil strife.It may sound far-fetched, but businesses need to be ready for an election-related disaster | jakemeth | October 29, 2020 | Fortune
Other measures—$40,000 interest-free emergency loans to small businesses, six-month mortgage deferrals, eviction moratoriums for renters—were badly needed lifelines, though they only pushed off inevitable strife.What Canada’s COVID response can teach the U.S. about social safety nets | Rachel Schallom | October 23, 2020 | Fortune
The decision follows a summer of internal strife at foundation responsible for what’s often referred to as the “Oscars of the food world” as well as many other initiatives that celebrate and support the American culinary industry.The James Beard Foundation’s Chief Strategy Officer Steps Down | Monica Burton | October 8, 2020 | Eater
Carles told me that MormonThink strives to be objective and impartial.
As for Yasin, he strives to make sure some of his halal meat comes from his own hands.
Afraid to lose her account over a simple shot of short shorts, Cindy strives to follow the invisible rules for adult entertainers.Porn Stars Want to Know: Why Did Facebook Delete Me? | Aurora Snow | August 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The more pop our culture gets, the more rock he strives to be.
Satisfied, but not content, Gold strives to live up to her surname, as well as stamp it on the long list of American greats.Figure Skater Gracie Gold Is America’s Darling in Sochi | Kevin Fixler | February 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One generation after another strives to find the security of its existence in violence, and by violence to protect its privileges.My Religion | Leo Tolstoy
Every President strives to do the best he can for the country.Ethics in Service | William Howard Taft
Man, semi-civilised or modern, ever strives to commune with a God, an unseen Being.Mexico | Charles Reginald Enock
What tragic wastes of gloom / Curtain the soul that strives and sins below!
But the law of the members strives against the law of the mind, and makes perfect joy and faith impossible.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians | Martin Luther
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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