Synonyms of conflict


1. conflict, struggle, battle, group action

usage: 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"

2. conflict, ambivalence, ambivalency

usage: opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; "he was immobilized by conflict and indecision"

3. battle, conflict, fight, engagement, military action, action

usage: 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"

4. conflict, state

usage: a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; "his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post"; "a conflict of loyalties"

5. conflict, incompatibility

usage: an incompatibility of dates or events; "he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings"

6. conflict, opposition, oppositeness

usage: 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"

7. dispute, difference, difference of opinion, conflict, disagreement

usage: 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"


1. conflict, contrast, counterpoint

usage: be in conflict; "The two proposals conflict!"

2. conflict, run afoul, infringe, contravene, transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break

usage: go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"

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Definition and meaning of conflict (Dictionary)