conflict - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    angry disagreement between people or groups

    I try to avoid conflict wherever possible.

    conflict between:

    The issue provoked conflicts between the press and the police.

    conflict over:

    The management team is keen to resolve the conflict over wages.

    be in conflict (with someone):

    She is in conflict with her employers over sickness pay.

    come into conflict (with someone):

    He and his ex-wife frequently came into conflict.

    1. a.
      mainly journalism fighting between countries or groups

      diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Liberia

      the Arab-Israeli conflict

  2. 2
    a situation in which it is difficult for two things to exist together or be true at the same time
    conflict between:

    There is a conflict between the two sides of his personality.

    1. a.
      a feeling of being nervous or unhappy because you want two different things at the same time