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Definition 1: an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph
  • police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs

Synonyms for conflict in the sense of this definition

(conflict is a kind of ...) action taken by a group of people

(... is a kind of conflict ) conflict between social or economic classes (especially between the capitalist and proletariat classes)

(... is a kind of conflict ) a bitter quarrel between two parties

(... is a kind of conflict ) the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

"a fight broke out at the hockey game" "there was fighting in the streets" "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a bitter struggle for territory or power or control or rights

"a turf war erupted between street gangs" "the president's resignation was the result of a turf war with the board of directors"

(... is a kind of conflict ) any hard struggle between equally matched groups

(... is a kind of conflict ) bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension

(... is a kind of conflict ) actions taken by a government to defeat insurgency

(... is a kind of conflict ) organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another

(... is a kind of conflict ) an active struggle between competing entities

"a price war" "a war of wits" "diplomatic warfare"

Definition 2: a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war - [noun denoting act]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga
  • he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement

Synonyms for conflict in the sense of this definition

(conflict is a kind of ...) a military engagement

"he saw action in Korea"

(... is a kind of conflict ) any catastrophically destructive battle

"they called the first World War an Armageddon"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place

(... is a kind of conflict ) a pitched battle between naval fleets

(... is a kind of conflict ) an engagement fought between two military forces

(... is a kind of conflict ) an aerial engagement between fighter planes

(... is a kind of conflict ) close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

(... is an instance of conflict) in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants

(... is an instance of conflict) the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it

(... is part of conflict) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

"thousands of people were killed in the war"

(conflict belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: an incompatibility of dates or events - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings

(conflict is a kind of ...) the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination

Definition 4: a disagreement or argument about something important - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had a dispute with his wife
  • there were irreconcilable differences
  • the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats

Synonyms for conflict in the sense of this definition

(conflict is a kind of ...) the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

(... is a kind of conflict ) a conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals

"a collision of interests"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

"they were involved in a violent argument"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a difference (especially an unfortunate difference) between two opinions or two views or two situations

(... is a kind of conflict ) an angry dispute

"they had a quarrel" "they had words"

Definition 5: opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was immobilized by conflict and indecision

(conflict is a kind of ...) mixed feelings or emotions

Definition 6: opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot) - [noun denoting linkdef]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing

(conflict is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

Definition 7: a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests - [noun denoting state]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post
  • a conflict of loyalties

(conflict is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a state of conflict between persons

(... is a kind of conflict ) a state of conflict between colors

"her dress was a disturbing clash of colors"

(... is a kind of conflict ) a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He ran afoul of the law
  • This behavior conflicts with our rules

Synonyms for conflict in the sense of this definition

(conflict is a kind of ...) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

"offend all laws of humanity" "violate the basic laws or human civilization" "break a law" "break a promise"

Definition 9: be in conflict - [verb of stative]

Samples where conflict or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The two proposals conflict!

(conflict is a kind of ...) to show differences when compared; be different

"the students contrast considerably in their artistic abilities"

(... is a kind of conflict ) be incompatible; be or come into conflict

"These colors clash"

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