strife

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
strife /straɪf/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. violent or bitter conflict:armed strife.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
strife  (strīf ),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism:to be at strife.
  2. a quarrel, struggle, or clash:armed strife.
  3. competition or rivalry:the strife of the marketplace.
  4. [Archaic.]strenuous effort.
strifeful, adj. 
strifeless, adj. 
  • Old French estrif, akin to estriver to strive
  • Middle English strif 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged difference, disagreement, contrariety, opposition.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fight, conflict.
    • 1, 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged peace.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
strife /straɪf/ n
  1. angry or violent struggle; conflict
  2. rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
  3. Austral NZ trouble or discord of any kind
  4. archaic striving
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French estrif, probably from estriver to strive
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