Definition of strife in English:


Syllabification: strife
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').

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