Definition of strife noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//straɪf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//straɪf//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal or literary) angry or violent disagreement between two people or groups of people synonym conflict civil strife The country was torn apart by strife. internecine strife among the nationalities of the empire See related entries: Anger
  2. 2(Australian English, New Zealand English) trouble or difficulty of any kind
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old French estrif (related to Old French estriver ‘strive’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: strife