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  1. a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle
  2. a state of opposition between ideas, interests, etc; disagreement or controversy
  3. a clash, as between two appointments made for the same time
  4. (psychology) opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses



 (kənˈflɪkt (intransitive)
  1. to come into opposition; clash
  2. to fight

Derived Forms

conˈfliction  noun
conˈflictive, or conˈflictory  adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin conflictus, from conflīgere to combat, from flīgere to strike


View thesaurus entry
= battle, war, fight, clash, contest, set-to (informal), encounter, combat, engagement, warfare, collision, contention, strife, head-to-head, fracas, boilover (Australian)
= be incompatible, clash, differ, disagree, contend, strive, collide, be at variance

Translations for 'conflict'

  • British English: conflict Conflict is serious disagreement and argument. If two people or groups are in conflict, they have had a serious disagreement and have not yet reached agreement.Try to avoid conflict and establish a good working relationship.ˈkɒnflɪkt NOUN
  • Arabic: صِراع
  • Brazilian Portuguese: conflito
  • Chinese: 冲突
  • Croatian: sukob
  • Czech: konflikt
  • Danish: konflikt
  • Dutch: conflict
  • European Spanish: conflicto
  • Finnish: ristiriitakonflikti
  • French: conflit
  • German: Konflikt
  • Greek: σύγκρουση
  • Italian: conflitto
  • Japanese: 衝突
  • Korean: 충돌
  • Norwegian: konflikt
  • Polish: konflikt
  • Portuguese: conflito
  • Romanian: conflict conflicte
  • Russian: конфликт
  • Spanish: conflicto
  • Swedish: konflikt
  • Thai: ความขัดแย้ง
  • Turkish: çatışma
  • Ukrainian: конфлікт
  • Vietnamese: sự xung đột

Example Sentences Including 'conflict'

Hablet needed a drawn-out conflict on the northern border of Medalon.
Jennifer Fallon TREASON KEEP (2001)
More importantly, now the DCI was taking an active interest in the group, her conflict of interests had intensified.
Fraser, Anthea The Gospel Makers
It seemed to me that I was going to find myself with a conflict of interest.
Malcolm, John The Gwen John Sculpture


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