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Standard Definition

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

Synonyms

battle - (2 syllables), contravene - (3 syllables), difference - (3 syllables), difference of opinion - (7 syllables), dispute - (2 syllables), engagement - (3 syllables), fight - (1 syllables), infringe - (2 syllables), run afoul - (3 syllables), struggle - (2 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\Con"flict\, n. [L. conflictus a striking together, fr. confligere, -flictum, to strike together, to fight: cf. F. conflit, formerly also conflict. See {Conflict}, v.]
1. A striking or dashing together; violent collision; as, a conflict of elements or waves.
2. A strife for the mastery; hostile contest; battle; struggle; fighting. As soon as he [Atterbury] was himself again, he became eager for action and conflict. --Macaulay. An irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces. --W. H. Seward. {Conflict of laws}, that branch of jurisprudence which deals with individual litigation claimed to be subject to the conflicting laws of two or more states or nations; -- often used as synonymous with {Private international law}. Syn: Contest; collision; struggle; combat; strife; contention; battle; fight; encounter. See {Contest}.
\Con*flict"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Conflicted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conflicting}.] [L. conflictus, p. p. of confligere to conflict (cf. conflictare); con- + fligere to strike; cf. Gr. fli`bein, qli`bein, to press, L. flagrum whip.]
1. To strike or dash together; to meet in violent collision; to collide. --Shak. Fire and water conflicting together. --Bacon.
2. To maintain a conflict; to contend; to engage in strife or opposition; to struggle. A man would be content to . . . conflict with great difficulties, in hopes of a mighty reward. --Abp. Tillotson.
3. To be in opposition; to be contradictory. The laws of the United States and of the individual States may, in some cases, conflict with each other. --Wheaton. Syn: To fight; contend; contest; resist; struggle; combat; strive; battle.

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