Definitions for: Conflict


[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] an incompatibility of dates or events; "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
[n] 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"
[n] opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
[n] 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"
[n] a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"
[v] go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afould of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
[v] be in conflict; "The two proposals conflict!"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con"flict, n. [L. conflictus a striking together, fr.
confligere, -flictum, to strike together, to fight: cf. F.
conflit, formerly also conflict. See Conflict, v.]
1. A striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a
conflict of elements or waves.

2. A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle;
struggle; fighting.

As soon as he [Atterbury] was himself again, he
became eager for action and conflict. --Macaulay.

An irrepressible conflict between opposing and
enduring forces. --W. H.
Seward.

Conflict of laws, that branch of jurisprudence which deals
with individual litigation claimed to be subject to the
conflicting laws of two or more states or nations; --
often used as synonymous with Private international law.

Syn: Contest; collision; struggle; combat; strife;
contention; battle; fight; encounter. See Contest.


Con*flict", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Conflicted; p. pr.
& vb. n. Conflicting.] [L. conflictus, p. p. of confligere
to conflict (cf. conflictare); con- + fligere to strike; cf.
Gr. fli`bein, qli`bein, to press, L. flagrum whip.]
1. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision;
to collide. --Shak.

Fire and water conflicting together. --Bacon.

2. To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or
opposition; to struggle.

A man would be content to . . . conflict with great
difficulties, in hopes of a mighty reward. --Abp.
Tillotson.

3. To be in opposition; to be contradictory.

The laws of the United States and of the individual
States may, in some cases, conflict with each other.
--Wheaton.

Syn: To fight; contend; contest; resist; struggle; combat;
strive; battle.

Synonyms: battle, contravene, difference, difference of opinion, dispute, engagement, fight, infringe, run afoul, struggle

See Also: action, ambivalence, ambivalency, arguing, argument, Armageddon, armed combat, assault, Battle of Britain, breach, break, clash, clash, class struggle, class war, class warfare, cold war, collide, collision, combat, contention, contestation, contrast, controversy, counterinsurgency, counterpoint, disagreement, disagreement, disputation, dissension, dissonance, dogfight, Drogheda, dustup, feud, fight, fighting, friction, go against, group action, incompatibility, infract, insurrection, jar, military action, naval battle, offend, oppositeness, opposition, pacification, pitched battle, quarrel, rebellion, revolt, rising, row, run-in, state, strife, tilt, transgress, tug-of-war, uprising, violate, war, warfare, words, wrangle

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