- An example of strife is the bad relationship between a brother and sister.
- An example of strife is a homeless person trying to find work.
Strife is defined as the act of conflict or something that is difficult to do.
- the act of striving or vying with another; contention or competition
- the act or state of fighting or quarreling, esp. bitterly; struggle; conflict
- Archaic strong endeavor
Origin of strifeMiddle English strif from Old French estrif: see strive
- Heated, often violent conflict or disagreement. See Synonyms at conflict.
- A conflict or quarrel: “His mind seemed older than theirs: it shone coldly on their strifes and happiness and regrets like a moon upon a younger earth” ( James Joyce )
- Contention or competition between rivals.
Origin of strifeMiddle English strif from Old French estrit, estrif from Frankish strīd
(countable and uncountable, plural strifes)