(noun, verb)


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

- the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph

Similar word(s): battle, struggle

Definition categories: act

2. opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings

- he was immobilized by conflict and indecision

Definition categories: feeling, ambivalence

3. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

Similar word(s): battle, engagement, fight

Definition categories: act, action

4. a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests

- his conflict of interest made him ineligible for the post

- a conflict of loyalties

Definition categories: state

5. an incompatibility of dates or events

- he noticed a conflict in the dates of the two meetings

Definition categories: attribute, incompatibility

6. 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

Definition categories: link, oppositeness, opposition

7. a disagreement or argument about something important

- the familiar conflict between Republicans and Democrats

Similar word(s): difference, dispute

Definition categories: communication, disagreement

Sentences with conflict as a noun:

- The conflict between the government and the rebels began three years ago.

- I wanted to attend the meeting but there's a conflict in my schedule that day.


1. be in conflict

- The two proposals conflict!

Definition categories: stative, contrast, counterpoint

2. go against, as of rules and laws

- This behavior conflicts with our rules

Similar word(s): contravene, infringe

Definition categories: social, breach, break, infract, offend, transgress, violate

Sentences with conflict as a verb:

- Your conference call conflicts with my older one: please reschedule.