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English noun: conflict

1. conflict (act) an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)

SamplesThe harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.
Police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs.

Synonymsbattle, struggle

Broader (hypernym)group action

Narrower (hyponym)class struggle, class war, class warfare, combat, counterinsurgency, feud, fight, fighting, insurrection, pacification, rebellion, revolt, rising, scrap, strife, tug-of-war, turf war, uprising, war, warfare

2. conflict (feeling) opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings

SamplesHe was immobilized by conflict and indecision.

Broader (hypernym)ambivalence, ambivalency

3. conflict (act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

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

Synonymsbattle, engagement, fight

Broader (hypernym)action, military action

Narrower (hyponym)Armageddon, armed combat, assault, combat, dogfight, naval battle, pitched battle

Instance hyponymBattle of Britain, Drogheda

Part meronymwar, warfare

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

4. conflict (state) a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests

SamplesHis conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post.
A conflict of loyalties.

Broader (hypernym)state

Narrower (hyponym)clash, clash, disagreement, dissension, dissonance, friction

5. conflict (attribute) an incompatibility of dates or events

SamplesHe noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings.

Broader (hypernym)incompatibility

6. conflict opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)

SamplesThis form of conflict is essential to Mann's writing.

Broader (hypernym)oppositeness, opposition

7. conflict (communication) a disagreement or argument about something important

SamplesHe had a dispute with his wife.
There were irreconcilable differences.
The familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats.

Synonymsdifference, difference of opinion, dispute

Broader (hypernym)disagreement

Narrower (hyponym)arguing, argument, collision, contention, contestation, controversy, disceptation, disputation, dustup, gap, quarrel, row, run-in, tilt, words, wrangle

English verb: conflict

1. conflict (stative) be in conflict

SamplesThe two proposals conflict!.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)contrast, counterpoint

Narrower (hyponym)clash, collide, jar

2. conflict (social) go against, as of rules and laws

SamplesHe ran afoul of the law.
This behavior conflicts with our rules.

Synonymscontravene, infringe, run afoul

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate

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