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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discord, strifenoun

    lack of agreement or harmony

  2. strifenoun

    bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension


  1. strifenoun

    Violent conflict, usually brief or limited in nature.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Strifenoun

    Etymology: from strive

    I and my people were at great strife with the children of Ammon. Judg. xii. 2.

    Some preach Christ even of envy and strife, and some of good-will. Phil. i. 15.

    He is proud, knowing nothing; but doating about questions and strife of words. 1 Tim. vi. 4.

    These vows, thus granted, rais’d a strife above
    Betwixt the god of war and queen of love:
    She granting first, had right of time to plead;
    But he had granted too, and would recede. Dryden.

    Artificial strife
    Lives in those touches, livelier than life. William Shakespeare.

    How passion’s well accorded strife
    Makes all the harmony of life. Johnson.


  1. Strife

    Strife is a song by American heavy metal band Trivium. The song was released as the second single from the band's sixth studio album Vengeance Falls.


  1. strife

    Strife is a state of conflict, disagreement, or disharmony between individuals, groups, or within oneself. It often involves tension, hostility, or discord, and can stem from differing opinions, goals, or interests.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Strifenoun

    the act of striving; earnest endeavor

  2. Strifenoun

    exertion or contention for superiority; contest of emulation, either by intellectual or physical efforts

  3. Strifenoun

    altercation; violent contention; fight; battle

  4. Strifenoun

    that which is contended against; occasion of contest


  1. Strife

    Strife is a first-person shooter video game developed by Rogue Entertainment and published by Velocity, based on the Doom engine from id Software. Strife added some role-playing game elements and allowed players to talk to other characters in the game's world. Along with Pathways into Darkness, Ultima Underworld and System Shock, it is considered one of the first FPS-RPG games.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Strife

    strīf, n. contention for superiority: struggle for victory: contest: discord.—adj. Strife′ful (Spens.), full of strife, contentious, discordant—also Strif′ful. [M. E. strif—O. Fr. estrif—Scand., Ice. strith, strife; Ger. streit, Dut. strijd, strife.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. strife

    Contention in battle;, contest; struggle for victory; quarrel of war.

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  1. strife

    Song lyrics by strife -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by strife on the Lyrics.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Strife is ranked #80678 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Strife surname appeared 235 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Strife.

    94.8% or 223 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 9 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for strife »

  1. firste

  2. refits

  3. resift

  4. rifest

  5. sifter

  6. fister

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of strife in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of strife in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of strife in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Gray:

    Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    As meditation heals, celebration also heals. A day of dance and music can add a year to your life, celebrating in every condition will end all your strife. It's the attitude and the perspective of life which is healing in the first place, releasing all the antibodies for #happy feeling in your holy space. Have the time of life and heal your lifetime, let your celebration be maximized, to be on the top of your game and get MickeyMized.

  3. George Gero:

    Everywhere investors look, they see worry, problems and strife.

  4. Kahlil Gibran:

    Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    I get a thick book full of death, destruction, strife and chaos. That's what I take with my morning tea.

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