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conflict
WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • an incompatibility of dates or events
  • "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"
  • 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"
  • opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
  • "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"
  • 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"
  • a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
  • "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"
  • "a conflict of loyalties"
  • go against, as of rules and laws
  • "He ran afould of the law"
  • "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
  • be in conflict
  • "The two proposals conflict!"
conflict
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

  • 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.

 

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