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strife

[ strahyf ]
/ straɪf /
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noun

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.

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Origin of strife

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

OTHER WORDS FROM strife

strifeful, adjectivestrifeless, adjectiveun·der·strife, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for strife

strife
/ (straɪf) /

noun

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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