Synonyms of conflict
1 disputeDictionary • Try to keep any conflict between you and your ex-partner to a minimum.
dispute • There has been much dispute over the ownership of the lease.
difference • They are learning how to resolve their differences.
opposition • Much of the opposition to this plan has come from the media.
hostility • hostility among traditionalists to this method of teaching history
disagreement • My instructor and I had a brief disagreement.
friction • There was friction between the children.
fighting • More than 900 people have died in the fighting.
antagonism • There is much antagonism between the unions and the companies.
variance • the variances in the stock price
discord • He foments discord among the allies.
bad blood • There is, it seems, some bad blood between them.
dissension • a great deal of dissension within the armed forces
2 struggleDictionary • the anguish of his own inner conflict
struggle • He died in a struggle with prison officers.
battle • a renewed political battle over their attitude to Europe
clash • There are reports of clashes between militants and the security forces in the city.
strife • The boardroom strife at the company is far from over.
3 battleDictionary • The National Security Council has met to discuss ways of preventing a military conflict.
war • matters of war and peace
fight • They used to be allies in the fight against the old Communist regime.
contest • a bitter contest over who should control the state's future
set-to (informal) • a bit of a set-to between Smith and his record company
encounter • They were killed in an encounter with security forces near the border.
combat • Over 16 million men died in combat during the war.
engagement • The constitution prevents them from military engagement on foreign soil.
warfare • There are fears that the dispute could develop into open warfare.
collision • a collision between two strong personalities
be incompatible • He held firm opinions which sometimes conflicted with my own.
clash • Don't make policy decisions which clash with company thinking.
differ • The two leaders have differed on the issue of sanctions.
disagree • The two versions disagree in several respects.
contend • The two main groups contended for power.
collide • It is likely that their interests will collide.
be at variance
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antagonismAntagonism between people is hatred or dislike between them. Antagonisms are instances of this.
• There is much antagonism between the unions and the companies.
chip on your shoulder
chip on your shoulder
battleA battle is a conflict in which different people or groups compete in order to achieve success or control.
• a renewed political battle over their attitude to Europe
Thesaurus for conflict from the Collins English Thesaurus
a struggle or clash between opposing forces; battle