1. The act of striving; earnest endeavor. [Archaic]
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. [Obs.] “Lamenting her unlucky strife.”
Syn: -- Contest; struggle; quarrel. See Contention.
n 1: lack of agreement or harmony [syn: discord]
2: bitter conflict; heated often violent dissension