Definition of strife in English:

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Pronunciation: /strīf/


Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict: strife within the community ethnic and civil strife
More 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.
conflict, friction, discord, disagreement, dissension, dispute, argument, quarreling, wrangling, bickering, controversy;
ill/bad feeling, falling-out, bad blood, hostility, animosity


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

  • strive from Middle English:

    Strive and strife both come from shortened forms of Old French estriver ‘strive’. As well as expressing conflict, the word in early examples meant ‘striving together’.

Words that rhyme with strife

fife, Fyfe, knife, life, pro-life, rife, still-life, wife

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Syllabification: strife

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