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    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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