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strife

[strahyf] /straɪf/
noun
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English strif < Old French estrif, akin to estriver to strive
Related forms
strifeful, adjective
strifeless, adjective
understrife, noun
Synonyms
1. difference, disagreement, contrariety, opposition. 2. fight, conflict.
Antonyms
1, 2. peace.
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British Dictionary definitions for strife

strife

/straɪf/
noun
1.
angry or violent struggle; conflict
2.
rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
3.
(Austral & NZ) trouble or discord of any kind to get into strife
4.
(archaic) striving
Word Origin
C13: from Old French estrif, probably from estriver to strive
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Word Origin and History for strife
strife
early 13c., from O.Fr. estrif, variant of estrit "quarrel, dispute, impetuosity," probably from Frankish *strid, from P.Gmc. *strido- "strife, combat" (cf. O.H.G. strit "quarrel, dispute"), related to O.H.G. stritan "to fight;" see stride.
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