Definition of strife in English:


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Pronunciation: /strʌɪf


[mass noun]
1Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict: strife within the community decades of civil strife
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  • 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.
1.1Australian/NZ Trouble or difficulty of any kind.
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  • 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.


Middle English: shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver 'strive').

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