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.

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

strifeful, adjective
strifeless, adjective
understrife, noun

1. difference, disagreement, contrariety, opposition. 2. fight, conflict.

1, 2. peace. Unabridged
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strife (straɪf)
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
[C13: from Old French estrif, probably from estriver to strive]

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Word Origin & History

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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