2. Exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts. "Doting about questions and strifes of words." (1 Tim. Vi. 4) "Thus gods contended noble strife - who most should ease the wants of life." (Congreve)
3. Altercation; violent contention; fight; battle. "Twenty of them fought in this black strife." (Shak) "These vows, thus granted, raised a strife above Betwixt the god of war and queen of love." (Dryden)
4. That which is contended against; occasion of contest. "Lamenting her unlucky strife."
Synonyms: Contest, struggle, quarrel. See Contention.
Origin: OF. Estrif. See Strive.
(01 Mar 1998)
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