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conflict Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
    battle; struggle.
    • the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine
    • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs
  2. noun opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings
    • he was immobilized by conflict and indecision
  3. noun a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    battle; engagement; fight.
    • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
    • he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
  4. noun a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
    • his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post
    • a conflict of loyalties
  5. noun an incompatibility of dates or events
    • he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings
  6. noun 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
  7. noun a disagreement or argument about something important
    difference of opinion; difference; dispute.
    • he had a dispute with his wife
    • there were irreconcilable differences
    • the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats
  8. verb be in conflict
    • The two proposals conflict!
  9. verb go against, as of rules and laws
    run afoul; infringe; contravene.
    • He ran afoul of the law
    • This behavior conflicts with our rules

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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