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strife (straɪf Pronunciation for strife



  1. angry or violent struggle; conflict
  2. rivalry or contention, esp of a bitter kind
  3. (Australian & New Zealand) trouble or discord of any kind   ⇒ to get into strife
  4. (archaic) striving

Word Origin

C13: from Old French estrif, probably from estriver to strive

Translations for 'strife'

  • British English: strife Strife is strong disagreement or fighting. NOUNMoney is a major cause of strife in many marriages.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: conflito
  • Chinese: 冲突冲衝突
  • European Spanish: disputa
  • French: conflit
  • German: Streit
  • Italian: conflitto
  • Japanese: 紛争
  • Korean: 불화
  • Portuguese: conflito
  • Spanish: disputa

Example Sentences Including 'strife'

AP GEOGRAPHICAL: Mauritania PERSONAL NAME: strife ; political
Globe and Mail (2003)
Big Ronnie just loves the trouble and strife By Steven Beacom sbeacom@belfasttelegraph.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
Brains were not seen as a get-out clause when it came to family strife.
Cathy Kelly JUST BETWEEN US (2002)
In the second-largest state, Bavaria, political strife was unfolding.
Grenville, J. A. S. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century
Now the trend is sort of moving back to the whole emotional strife territory with Everwood.
Toronto Sun (2003)
The public knew nothing of the division and strife that was threatening to tear it apart.
There was often strife between the kingdoms, which hastened the waning of the Dnedain.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
To make matters worse, Amalgamations is going through a period of internal strife.
Business Today (2000)


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