- Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict: strife within the community ethnic and civil strifeMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver 'strive').