One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict.‘strife within the community’‘decades of civil strife’
conflict, friction, discord, disagreement, dissension, variance, dispute, argument, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering, controversy, contentionView synonyms
- ‘Others said Allah was angry that Muslims were killing Muslims in ongoing civil strife.’
- ‘Given the history of countries that have wallowed in civil strife, things will never be the same in Ivory Coast.’
- ‘Many Iraqis hope that it will head off sectarian strife and even civil war.’
- ‘Obviously, to share a resource like water was to invite conflict and strife.’
- ‘While he understandably seeks to avoid civil strife, this strategy highlights the ease with which he can be defied.’
- ‘In the popular press there are a lot of stereotypes that depict Africa as a place full of famine and civil strife.’
- ‘It is a sign of sudden change through conflict and strife.’
- ‘The controversy is fanning up strife between ethnic Taiwanese and mainlanders.’
- ‘The hatred of one community against the other shall sow seeds of civil strife.’
- ‘The ethnic diversity of Surinam resulted in increasing racial and political strife after World War II.’
- ‘They're able to return thanks to a peace agreement signed last year, ending three decades of civil strife in Angola.’
- ‘The world had certainly changed but there is still far too much strife and conflict in it to be rightly called safe.’
- ‘You are triumphant in conflicts after a period of strife and opposition.’
- ‘Plainly, this kind of guarantee is socially divisive, a recipe for religious controversy if not civil strife.’
- ‘However, sometimes strife and conflict help to clear the air and make for better understanding.’
- ‘After years of warfare and bitter strife, this King, Erasmus, changed the course of events for the two states forever.’
- ‘It is probably the only symbol of stability in a car torn by wars, civil strife and violence.’
- ‘It is best to go around them rather than encounter them directly or you end up in strife and conflict.’
- ‘This exchange remains a constant cause of strife and conflict in my chemistry.’
- ‘War and civil strife can lead to disease outbreaks by creating refugee disasters and a breakdown in public health care.’
- 1.1Australian, NZ Trouble or difficulty of any kind.
disruption, disturbance, agitation, upset, trouble, turmoil, tumult, disorder, chaos, anarchy, turbulence, uproarView synonyms
- ‘There's an old proverb that says humans are born to strife as the sparks fly upward - which is true.’
- ‘One of these days my lack of shame is going to get me into strife.’
- ‘If the labour market doesn't evolve to accommodate the needs of working mothers, there will be strife at home.’
- ‘But even so, Fan says an atmosphere of strife and polarisation remains in the society at large.’
- ‘This remarkable Archive of Labour unravels a sweeping story of strife and celebration.’
Middle English: shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver ‘strive’).
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