Definition of strife in English:



mass noun
  • 1Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict.

    ‘strife within the community’
    ‘decades of civil strife’
    • ‘Many Iraqis hope that it will head off sectarian strife and even civil war.’
    • ‘Others said Allah was angry that Muslims were killing Muslims in ongoing civil strife.’
    • ‘Plainly, this kind of guarantee is socially divisive, a recipe for religious controversy if not civil strife.’
    • ‘It is probably the only symbol of stability in a car torn by wars, civil strife and violence.’
    • ‘War and civil strife can lead to disease outbreaks by creating refugee disasters and a breakdown in public health care.’
    • ‘However, sometimes strife and conflict help to clear the air and make for better understanding.’
    • ‘It is best to go around them rather than encounter them directly or you end up in strife and conflict.’
    • ‘The world had certainly changed but there is still far too much strife and conflict in it to be rightly called safe.’
    • ‘It is a sign of sudden change through conflict and strife.’
    • ‘After years of warfare and bitter strife, this King, Erasmus, changed the course of events for the two states forever.’
    • ‘Obviously, to share a resource like water was to invite conflict and strife.’
    • ‘This exchange remains a constant cause of strife and conflict in my chemistry.’
    • ‘The hatred of one community against the other shall sow seeds of civil strife.’
    • ‘The ethnic diversity of Surinam resulted in increasing racial and political strife after World War II.’
    • ‘The controversy is fanning up strife between ethnic Taiwanese and mainlanders.’
    • ‘While he understandably seeks to avoid civil strife, this strategy highlights the ease with which he can be defied.’
    • ‘In the popular press there are a lot of stereotypes that depict Africa as a place full of famine and civil strife.’
    • ‘Given the history of countries that have wallowed in civil strife, things will never be the same in Ivory Coast.’
    • ‘They're able to return thanks to a peace agreement signed last year, ending three decades of civil strife in Angola.’
    • ‘You are triumphant in conflicts after a period of strife and opposition.’
    conflict, friction, discord, disagreement, dissension, variance, dispute, argument, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering, controversy, contention
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    1. 1.1Australian, New Zealand Trouble or difficulty of any kind.
      • ‘If the labour market doesn't evolve to accommodate the needs of working mothers, there will be strife at home.’
      • ‘But even so, Fan says an atmosphere of strife and polarisation remains in the society at large.’
      • ‘One of these days my lack of shame is going to get me into strife.’
      • ‘There's an old proverb that says humans are born to strife as the sparks fly upward - which is true.’
      • ‘This remarkable Archive of Labour unravels a sweeping story of strife and celebration.’
      disruption, disturbance, agitation, upset, trouble, turmoil, tumult, disorder, chaos, anarchy, turbulence, uproar
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Middle English shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver ‘strive’).