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conflict

conflict - Dictionary definition and meaning for word conflict

Definition
(noun) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
Synonyms : battle , struggle
Example Sentence
  • the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph
  • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs

Definition
(noun) opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
Example Sentence
  • he was immobilized by conflict and indecision

Definition
(noun) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
Synonyms : battle , engagement , fight
Example Sentence
  • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
  • he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement

Definition
(noun) a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
Example Sentence
  • his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post
  • a conflict of loyalties

Definition
(noun) an incompatibility of dates or events
Example Sentence
  • he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings

Definition
(noun) opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
Example Sentence
  • this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing

Definition
(noun) a disagreement or argument about something important
Example Sentence
  • he had a dispute with his wife
  • there were irreconcilable differences
  • the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats

Definition
(verb) be in conflict
Example Sentence
  • The two proposals conflict!

Definition
(verb) go against, as of rules and laws
Synonyms : contravene , infringe , run afoul
Example Sentence
  • He ran afoul of the law
  • This behavior conflicts with our rules

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