conflict

[v. kuhn-flikt; n. kon-flikt]
verb (used without object)
1.
to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash: The account of one eyewitness conflicted with that of the other. My class conflicts with my going to the concert.
2.
to fight or contend; do battle.
noun
3.
a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
4.
controversy; quarrel: conflicts between parties.
5.
discord of action, feeling, or effect; antagonism or opposition, as of interests or principles: a conflict of ideas.
6.
a striking together; collision.
7.
incompatibility or interference, as of one idea, desire, event, or activity with another: a conflict in the schedule.
8.
Psychiatry. a mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (noun) < Latin conflīctus a striking together, equivalent to conflīg(ere) to strike together, contend (con- con- + flīgere to strike) + -tus suffix of v. action; (v.) < Latin conflīctus, past participle of conflīgere, or by v. use of the noun

confliction, noun
conflictive, conflictory [kuhn-flik-tuh-ree] , adjective
nonconflictive, adjective
preconflict, verb (used without object)
preconflict, noun
self-conflict, noun
unconflictive, adjective


1. collide, oppose. 3. encounter, siege. See fight. 5. contention, opposition.


4. accord.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To conflict
Collins
World English Dictionary
conflict
 
n
1.  a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
2.  a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
3.  a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
4.  psychol opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses
 
vb
5.  to come into opposition; clash
6.  to fight
 
[C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike]
 
con'fliction
 
n
 
con'flictive
 
adj
 
con'flictory
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

conflict
c.1430, from L. conflictus, pp. of confligere "to strike together," from com- "together" + fligere "to strike" (see afflict). The noun also dates from mid-15c. Psychological sense of "incompatible urges in one person" is from 1859 (hence conflicted, pp. adj.); Phrase conflict
of interest was in use by 1743.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

conflict con·flict (kŏn'flĭkt')
n.
A psychic struggle between opposing or incompatible impulses, desires, or tendencies.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The results are surprisingly pleasing, given the potential for conflict among
  so many kinds of plants.
Ask where he or she gets diamonds and what the policy is on conflict diamonds.
The disturbing point for the future is that none of the underlying causes of
  conflict enumerated above has disappeared.
Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even
  before the conflict itself should cease.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature