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Definitions of conflict

  1. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; " Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; " he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
  2. an open clash between two opposing groups ( or individuals); " the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"-- Thomas Paine; " police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti- abortion mobs"
  3. be in conflict; " The two proposals conflict!"
  4. an incompatibility of dates or events; " he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  5. a disagreement or argument about something important; " he had a dispute with his wife"; " there were irreconcilable differences"; " the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats"
  6. opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; " he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  7. opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces ( especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot); " this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing"
  8. a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; " his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; " a conflict of loyalties"
  9. go against, as of rules and laws; " He ran afould of the law"; " This behavior conflicts with our rules"
  10. A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting.
  11. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide.
  12. To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle.
  13. To be in opposition; to be contradictory.
  14. To strike together in collision, or clash; contend; to disagree, as in opinion.
  15. A fight or struggle for the mastery; a battle; a collision; antagonism, as of ideas.
  16. To be in opposition: to fight: to contest.
  17. Violent collision: a struggle or contest agony.
  18. Opposition; contest; fight.
  19. To be in opposition; contest.
  20. To come into collision; be in mutual opposition; contend.
  21. A contest; strife.
  22. Collision; contest; struggle; agony.
  23. To strike or dash against; to strive or struggle to resist and overcome; to be in opposition or contradictory.
  24. A dashing or striking together of two bodies; a contest; a battle; strife; contention; distress; agony.
  25. To strike or dash against; to strive or struggle together; to contend; to fight.
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Usage examples for conflict

  1. And where did it conflict with Marishka's mad plan? – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  2. Especially are they needed by the pedestalled woman in her conflict with the natural. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. In Schiller's play, however, the conflict is not of that character. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  4. It suggested, in the first place, an ample confidence in him, which was naturally gratifying, and in the second, that Stirling in spite of his years could take a keen pleasure in that particular form of the conflict between the great material forces and man's nerve and skill. – The Gold Trail by Harold Bindloss
  5. In the conflict between white and red, the Indians were not always the ones who were most at fault. – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  6. In so tremendous a conflict the little Fan Fan could bear but a small part. – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  7. But the time will come- soon, probably- when your view will conflict with that of the majority of the board. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  8. Sure that won't conflict with your security people? – The Electronic Mind Reader by John Blaine
  9. What did this painter of the air mean to tell us in this eternal conflict of light and shadow? – Holland, v. 1 (of 2) by Edmondo de Amicis
  10. During the whole of this conflict, the ladies and women remained exposed to the view of the sepoys. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) by Edmund Burke
  11. Well, did you believe that it was Bent- Anat whom you saw before you when she ventured on to the scene of conflict? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. To him the bursting of the shell was the bursting of the conflict within him. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  13. What he meant was that he won the war by thinking, and the worn face, which seemed almost twice as old when the conflict was over, showed how hard that work was. – The Book of Business Etiquette by Nella Henney
  14. By this time the battle was two hours old and the roar of the conflict died down, except on the extreme right, where the 1st Mo. – The Struggle for Missouri by John McElroy
  15. Perhaps you are one of those who have known me under another name, in those far- off days separated from these by the red sea of the great national conflict. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  16. When you come to think of it, the conflict appears a certainty. – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  17. A thick darkness rose from the first crash of battle and, with the rush of wind and rain, the mighty conflict went on unseen. – The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come by John Fox
  18. The conflict therefore was more severe than the slaughter: and as it was pretty much a drawn battle, they separated with equal loss. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius
  19. Thus, it was, too, that, without the knowledge of either side, the lad was directly between them, where it would seem impossible that he should escape being involved in the conflict that was rapidly drawing to a head. – Through Apache Lands by R. H. Jayne
  20. That they do conflict is not remarkable. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
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