Definition of strife in English:

strife

noun

  • Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict.

    ‘strife within the community’
    ‘ethnic and civil strife’
    • ‘It is probably the only symbol of stability in a car torn by wars, civil strife and violence.’
    • ‘They're able to return thanks to a peace agreement signed last year, ending three decades of civil strife in Angola.’
    • ‘War and civil strife can lead to disease outbreaks by creating refugee disasters and a breakdown in public health care.’
    • ‘It is a sign of sudden change through conflict and strife.’
    • ‘After years of warfare and bitter strife, this King, Erasmus, changed the course of events for the two states forever.’
    • ‘The controversy is fanning up strife between ethnic Taiwanese and mainlanders.’
    • ‘The ethnic diversity of Surinam resulted in increasing racial and political strife after World War II.’
    • ‘Many Iraqis hope that it will head off sectarian strife and even civil war.’
    • ‘The world had certainly changed but there is still far too much strife and conflict in it to be rightly called safe.’
    • ‘In the popular press there are a lot of stereotypes that depict Africa as a place full of famine and civil strife.’
    • ‘This exchange remains a constant cause of strife and conflict in my chemistry.’
    • ‘While he understandably seeks to avoid civil strife, this strategy highlights the ease with which he can be defied.’
    • ‘You are triumphant in conflicts after a period of strife and opposition.’
    • ‘It is best to go around them rather than encounter them directly or you end up in strife and conflict.’
    • ‘The hatred of one community against the other shall sow seeds of civil strife.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Given the history of countries that have wallowed in civil strife, things will never be the same in Ivory Coast.’
    • ‘Obviously, to share a resource like water was to invite conflict and strife.’
    • ‘However, sometimes strife and conflict help to clear the air and make for better understanding.’
    conflict, friction, discord, disagreement, dissension, variance, dispute, argument, quarrelling, wrangling, bickering, controversy, contention
    View synonyms

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver ‘strive’).

Pronunciation

strife

/straɪf//strīf/